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FANUC Offers Retrofit Security Program for CNC Systems

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September 23, 2021

FANUC America has announced an upgrade solution for legacy CNC machines that run on operating systems older than Windows 10. The Panel i Replacement Program retrofits FANUC CNCs with an industrial PC available with touch or non-touch LCD screen, solid-state drives and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.

Systems that run on obsolete operating systems, such as Windows 7, XP or older, are no longer supported by Microsoft, which means they do not receive critical updates. If machines connect to an online network, this opens the chance of a major cybersecurity breach on sensitive manufacturing equipment. Retrofitting industrial PCs on these machines allows businesses to safely and securely connect their CNCs to their network, to take advantage of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) data, FANUC said.

“To stay competitive, you need real-time operational information from your CNC machines to make data-driven decisions,” said Jon Heddleson, general manager of factory automation at FANUC America. “But we realize there is a lot of legacy CNC equipment still in use today. To fill this critical cybersecurity need, this program allows CNC users to unlock IIoT advantages by connecting their machines to the business network in a safe and secure way.”

In addition to the cybersecurity protection, the FANUC Panel i Replacement Program provides two screen size options, a faster CPU, more memory and larger storage.

For more details on the program, visit the FANUC website here.


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