I’ve talked a bit about manufacturing on this blog, mostly from my personal experiences working for chumby building the eponymous devices. I was browsing around on the internet and came across another world of manufacturing that I don’t get to see — the world of highly automated manufacturing. Seems like the big fish in the pond there is FANUC, a Japanese company that spun out from Fujitsu (the acronym stands for Fuji Automatic Numerical Control). Their Japanese corporate site is a bit dry, so for people wanting something more digestible, check out their US subsidiary home page. Also, their corporate profile flyer is a bit amusing…it reads a bit like a backgrounder for some anime, complete with photos of fantasy art scenes and tea gardens cheek to jowl with big yellow robots.
FANUC may have the biggest robot sex operation in the world. Get your geek-voyeurism on and watch unabashed robot-on-robot-making-other-robot action in the video below.
And below is a bit longer, but still interesting video that goes through more of FANUC’s offerings (you will want to skip 3:00, where the narrator proclaims, “Now let’s look at the FANUC robots!”):