TOKYO, --- April 18, 2016 ---FANUC CORPORATION, the world’s leading supplier of robotics and factory automation, is collaborating with Cisco, the worldwide
leader in IT-enabled digitization, as well as Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information
solutions, and Preferred Networks, a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence solutions. The companies will work together on the development and
deployment of the FANUC Intelligent Edge Link and Drive (FIELD) system, a platform that connects not only Computer Numerical Control
machines (CNCs) and robots, but also peripheral devices and sensors – to deliver analytics that optimize manufacturing production.
The FIELD system will be a platform for the delivery of advanced analytics for FANUC CNCs, robots, peripheral devices, and sensors used in automation
systems. It will drive improved machine reliability, quality, flexibility, and speed – elevating the Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) and increasing
manufacturing profitability. It will also provide advanced machine learning and deep learning capabilities. By working with Cisco, Rockwell Automation, and
Preferred Networks – FANUC will offer a complete solution including network and compute infrastructure, applications, and an enabling middleware platform.
With this open platform -- application developers, sensor and peripheral device makers, system integrators, and others can build solutions that improve
equipment efficiency, manufacturing output, and quality.
Extension of Current Successes
The FIELD system extends the success of the existing FANUC ZDT (Zero Downtime) connected robots project; ZDT is built with Cisco cloud, IOT data collection
software, and end-to-end security capabilities.
The companies are working together to implement systems for major automotive manufacturers by leveraging the Allen-Bradley Stratix Ethernet switches from
Rockwell Automation to connect robots to a Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) – all of this running on FANUC and Cisco’s ZDT Data Collection software.
Automotive customers who have implemented this system are quickly realizing a significant decrease in production downtime as well as increased cost
The FIELD system will bring the power of advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence into the hands of customers and application developers --
driving manufacturing to a new level of productivity and efficiency. FANUC and Preferred Networks have established these new technologies for applications
such as Bin Picking robots, anomaly detection, and failure prediction. The FIELD system combines both artificial intelligence and edge-computing
technologies – enabling distributed learning. Data is generated from robots and machines and is processed in real time at the edge of the network. This
allows those devices to intelligently coordinate and collaborate in a flexible manner – resulting in sophisticated manufacturing practices not before
provides What for the FIELD System?
Provides CNCs and robots with embedded sensors to track key variables required to improve machine reliability, quality, and speed.
FANUC, Cisco and Preferred Networks
Provides enabling middleware Platform Software, as well as security and application lifecycle management applications. It will also leverage Preferred
Networks’ open deep learning framework (Chainer), IoT Stream Engine (SensorBee) – and other advanced machine learning libraries within its Deep
Intelligence in-Motion (DIMo) platform.
Cisco and Rockwell Automation
Provides networking, compute and security infrastructure to connect the robots, CNCs, and other cell equipment to the FIELD applications. Based on the
Rockwell Automation and Cisco collaboratively developed Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) architecture – this further drives improved security,
connectivity, flexibility, and scalability – all of which allows connection from a single, small cell to a large factory with hundreds of cells.
FANUC, Rockwell Automation and Preferred Networks
: Delivers the initial Application Software on top of the FIELD middleware and infrastructure platform. This will extend the LINK-i and ZDT applications
currently deployed, along with additional deep learning applications from the FANUC and Preferred Networks partnership. It is planned that Rockwell
Automation manufacturing software products (including FactoryTalk View, FactoryTalk VantagePoint, and FactoryTalk Production Center) will seamlessly
integrate with the FIELD system to speed deployment.
Sujeet Chand, Senior VP and CTO, Rockwell Automation
“By collaborating with world class companies, Rockwell Automation helps maximize manufacturers’ investments by leveraging the data from their
intelligent devices they are using today to drive an enterprise-wide analytics strategy.
With a secure scalable compute approach to analyze this data – from device to the enterprise – users can improve operations and make more informed
decisions tailored to meet the needs of their organizations.”
Rowan Trollope, SVP IoT and Applications, Cisco
This collaboration represents a historic shift in the industry, with IoT, industrial automation and machine learning coming together to make the
factory of the future a reality. It's been talked about for years, but now it is really happening. Cisco couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of this
effort, one that will be key to our positioning in other industries that want to realize the benefits of digitization
Toru Nishikawa, CEO, Preferred Networks
“PFN is excited that this collaboration will further accelerate the advancement of the manufacturing industry. Since the start of our work with FANUC,
leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence has been aimed not only at making machines and robots smarter, but also towards a continuous
improvement of manufacturing productivity through intelligent real-time coordination and collaboration between robots and machines. We are confident
that FIELD will play a central role in making that vision a reality.
About FANUC CORPORATION
FANUC CORPORATION, headquartered at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Japan, is the global leader and the most innovative manufacturer of Factory Automation, Robots
and ROBOMACHINE’s in the world. With 252 offices in 46 countries, FANUC provides world-class service and support to customers globally. Since its inception
in 1972, FANUC has contributed to the automation of machine tools as a pioneer in the development of computer numerical control equipment. FANUC technology
has been a leading force in a worldwide manufacturing revolution, which evolved from the automation of a single machine to the automation of entire
production lines. For more information visit: http://www.fanuc.co.jp/eindex.htm.
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About Preferred Networks
Preferred Networks Inc. (PFN) is a Tokyo-based startup focusing on applications of latest artificial intelligence technologies to emerging problems in the
Internet of Things (IoT). PFN’s vision is the realization of Deep Intelligence - a future IoT in which all devices, as well as the network itself, are
intelligent. PFN develops software related to deep learning and IoT, and provides Deep Intelligence in-Motion solutions. PFN collaborates with many
world-leading companies in industries, such as FANUC for intelligent robots and Toyota motors for autonomous driving. For more information please visit: www.preferred-networks.jp
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