First unveiled to UK customers at MACH 2018, FANUC’s Zero Downtime (ZDT) technology allows production managers to optimise, maintain and analyse the performance of their industrial robots, in real-time. “Unexpected downtime costs manufacturers an estimated £4,400 a minute,” explains Steve Capon, Technical Manager at FANUC UK. “By using ZDT, production managers can monitor their robots and take corrective actions before a potential problem occurs.”

Steve adds: “Data is the key to Industry 4.0, but only if it is harnessed correctly. Analytical tools like ZDT help production managers to make sense of the information that they’re given, by formulating it into a comprehensible report of performance trends, problematic areas, and recommendations.” Depending on your requirements, ZDT can be used to monitor a variety of key performance indicators, including: reducers, torque, servo guns, grease levels and network load. ZDT is also scalable to any industrial robot configuration, whether that involves monitoring a single robot or collating the performance of every robot on the factory floor.