Process and control today | FANUC UK aims to unite the automation community to tackle the labor crisis

To address the ongoing labor crisis in the manufacturing industry, FANUC UK brings together a collective of automation experts, bringing together more than 30 leading names from across the automation and robotics industry to discuss the most pressing issues facing the manufacturing sector today. FANUC UK will open the doors to its Coventry headquarters from 2-4 November 2022, offering visitors a behind-the-scenes look and full access to its state-of-the-art automation facility. The event will also feature live robot demonstrations and hands-on robot training, showcasing the next generation of industrial robotics professionals and offering attendees the opportunity to pit their skills against this year’s and previous years’ WorldSkills UK finalists.

Debate and insights from automation experts

FANUC UK thought leaders – including MD Tom Bouchier and new Sales Director Oliver Selby – will be joined by renowned automation experts such as Rockwell Automation’s Phil Hadfield and representatives from FANUC’s system integration partners. The Open House morning sessions feature a range of free lectures, panel discussions and interviews with automation leaders eager to share their experiences and highlight the many real benefits that robotics and automation can bring to UK manufacturers.

They will put the latest developments in industrial automation in the spotlight and show how robotics can help manufacturers overcome the current labor market crisis, increase productivity and improve quality and consistency. Sessions on digital transformation, upskilling and cobots will be accompanied by debates on harnessing the power of partnerships and investing in trainees, among many other hot topics. Visitors can also speak directly to industrial automation experts from FANUC and its partners and receive valuable support to help them on their own digital transformation journey.

“Historically, UK manufacturers have been slower than their international counterparts in the robotics revolution, but the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has revealed that the UK is now one of the top 15 countries for annual industrial robot installations, and the number is increasing 8% in 2020,” says Oliver Selby, Sales Director, FANUC UK. “Partly due to the labor shortages caused by Brexit and the pandemic, demand for robots in the UK is expected to continue to grow. We look forward to demonstrating the benefits of automation, providing real-world insight into the top issues facing the manufacturing sector, and addressing any remaining concerns manufacturers have.”

Live robot demonstrations

Each afternoon will be devoted to live demonstrations and training, with more than 25 leading robotics and systems integration companies – including Rockwell Automation, Mazak, Mitutoyo, Bauromat, Mills CNC, Mollart, Nikken and Robopod – exhibiting and presenting at the Open House event Knowledge, their know-how and their latest innovations.

Every day there are demonstrations of key FANUC systems such as the CRX cobot range and the ROBOSHOT plastic injection molding machine, and visitors can even watch a replica World Cup trophy being made by the ROBODRILL vertical machining center.

initial and continuing education

With education at the heart of the event, taster sessions will also be available to attendees from the FANUC Academy, which will offer free hands-on robotics training. In addition, the Open House will offer attendees the chance to measure their skills against this year’s and previous years’ WorldSkills UK industrial robotics finalists. WorldSkills is a partnership between employers, educational institutions and governments, using international best practices to raise standards in apprenticeship and technical education that benefit both young people and employers.

Tom Bouchier, Managing Director of FANUC UK, says: “As a proud global industry partner of WorldSkills, FANUC have jointly promoted the competition to aspiring young robot developers. Visitors to our open house can see if they have what it takes to enter the next cycle by executing the exact robotics programming task set for the qualifying round, and our outstanding young finalists will offer their support. We look forward to showcasing the benefits of investing in the next generation and celebrating the hard work of all participants this November.”

To register your interest in attending the annual FANUC Open House (2-4 November 2022, Ansty Park, Coventry), go to

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