On 29th September, Coventry-based robotics company FANUC UK scooped the coveted ‘Partnership of the Year’ accolade for its three-way alliance with likeminded automation specialists Pacepacker Services and Festo at the PPMA* Awards 2015.
At a gala ceremony hosted by comedian and entertainer Bobby Davro at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, the alliance between the three companies was highlighted as a real game changer for the food sector. This winning partnership gives manufacturers access to the widest choice of hygienic automation, product handling and packaging solutions in the market today. Plus, the trio have designed systems to address key obstacles including hygiene, dexterity, safety and flexibility, which were up until recently stalling robot adoption in food manufacturing.
It was highlighted during the awards that this was a tough category for the judging panel as this year’s entries for Partnership of the Year had given some great examples of what businesses can achieve together. What set the winners apart was their willingness to work together despite being competitors in some areas ensuring customers’ needs were fully met.
Collecting the award in front of more than 400 industry leaders and innovators, John Rainer, regional sales manager of FANUC UK highlighted the significance of this victory “Winning the Partner of the Year award reaffirms what can be accomplished when likeminded companies work together to address specific industry challenges. As a partnership, we have a combined knowledge exceeding 100 years. This alone fosters greater innovation, resulting in quicker premium robot builds and a faster return on investment for our customers.”
John concludes “FANUC Robots today are economical, some IP69K-certified for harsh environment applications, and offer proven output and energy efficiencies. This has boosted the business case for uptake of automated systems in the food industry. This partnership offers a wide automation portfolio, giving customers access to 80+ robots, virtually infinite end effector configurations and over 85 service consultants nationwide. ”