New Fanuc Technology Connects Robots to Networks

ENLARGE A Fanuc robotic arm operated a faucet at a plant in Bhiwadi, India, on Feb. 16. Photo: Bloomberg News By Takashi Mochizuki Takashi Mochizuki The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @mochi_wsj mochi.wsj Google+ takashi.mochizuki@wsj.com April 18, 2016 1:41 a.m. ET 0 COMMENTS TOKYO—Japanese industrial robot maker Fanuc Corp. FANUY -2.69 % said Monday it has developed technology to connect robots to networks that it hopes will give it an edge as it races to build the factory of the future. The technology is meant to enable factory owners to easily customize their robots and systems by downloading any needed applications, much like a consumer downloads smartphone apps on iOS or Android platforms. Rival robot makers would eventually be able to connect their machines and apps to the network. Fanuc…


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