Case Study

Kyocera SGS Increases Productivity with New FANUC CNCs & Robots

When KYOCERA wanted to rebuild their older machines, they tapped United Grinding, who equipped them with FANUC controls and robots to improve their precision, productivity, and processing speeds.

Challenges solved by:

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  • Upgrade older machines while keeping costs down
  • Consistently meet high precision standards


  • Increased processing speeds

  • Improved machine performance and productivity



KYOCERA was working with older machines that didn’t perform consistently well enough to meet industry standards or demand. They tapped United Grinding to rebuild their machines with newer technology. United Grinding equipped these rebuilt machines with FANUC controls and robots to improve their performance, resulting in machines that were able to maintain consistently high standards of precision, faster processing speeds, and minimized downtime.

John O'Brien - Kyocera SGS

The United Grinding rebuild process has been very successful from our point of view. The machines have come back and gone back into operation within 12 hours, from receiving the machine to being back into production. The FANUC controls, we have found, are very dependable along with the robot. Our in-house maintenance [staff] are very well-versed in FANUC controls. It is to our advantage to use FANUC.

John O’Brien

Manufacturing Operations Manager, KYOCERA

FANUC Products Used

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KYOCERA SGS Precision Tools manufacturer tapped United Grinding North America to find a CNC retrofit solution for its older WALTER HELITRONIC POWER Series tool grinding machines. As part of United Grinding’s rebuild program, the machine was stripped down to the casting and equipped with all new mechanical components, a new electrical cabinet, an all-new FANUC CNC system – including new drives, motors, and cables – as well as a FANUC LR Mate robot.



Founded in 1951, KYOCERA SGS is an ISO 9001:2015-certified manufacturer of precision tools, primarily for the aerospace and automotive industries. As pioneers of industry-leading cutting tool technologies, KYOCERA is committed to innovation and technological advancement, all for the sake of delivering the best tools and products to their customers and end users. 

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