Rochester Hills-based Fanuc Robotics America Monday announced the sale of its 100,000th robot in North and South America to Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc., securing Fanuc’s position as the leading supplier of robotic automation in the Americas.

“Automation and robotics are core tools for manufacturing competitiveness,” said Rick Schneider, president of Fanuc Robotics America. “This accomplishment underscores the fact that more companies are using robotic technology to expand their overall operations versus transferring manufacturing overseas.”

Also, he said, “As the economy recovers from the current recession, we’ve consistently maintained our leadership position, and continue our commitment to providing intelligent robots and systems that deliver the highest levels of quality, productivity and value.”

Added Richard S. Schneider, president of Schneider Equipment: “We are Fanuc Robotics’ largest integrator in the case packing and palletizing segment in North America, having shipped hundreds of robots over the last three years. 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Schneider Packaging, and this latest recognition helps us further celebrate what has been a successful year.

Fanuc will host a special event and facility tour for invited guests and members of the media to celebrate the sale of its 100,000th robot in the Americas on Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fanuc Robots America, 3900 W. Hamlin Road in Rochester Hills.

Fanuc designs, engineers and manufactures industrial robots and robotic systems for a wide range of applications, including arc and spot welding, material handling (machine tending, picking, packing, palletizing), material removal, assembly, paint finishing and dispensing. The company also provides application-specific software, controls, vision products, and complete support services.

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