A count of NCs at the show.
And so once again the Fanue Ltd. organization and rival Mitsubishi Electric (MELCO) each released its own nose count:
Fanuc's MELCO's tally tally Fanuc 32.1% 26.5% Siemens/Yaskawa 29.8% 32.3% Heidenhain 11.9% 11.5% Mitsubishi - 4.0% Fagor - 1.5% All other 26.2% 24.0% Total units 1,552 1,526
The Siemens organization, too, made its own count of NCs and came up with a total of 1,588. However, Siemens did not disclose the breakdown. Its director of marketing services says that even some of its own people could not distinguish a Siemens controller that is privately labelled to a particular machine-tool builder. Previous shows demonstrated that many--perhaps 40-50--of the NCs designated into the "all other" category were actually Siemens NCs in disguise, hiding behind another faceplate. "Moreoever," says Siemens' Bernd Heuchemer, "in a market in which many builders install whichever CNC the customer requests, it's more important to have your controller included in options lists of most machine-tool suppliers. In the European market Siemens clearly wins in that measure."
Mitsubishi Electric, Tokyo, Japan.49-2102-486-0.
Fanuc Ltd., Oshino-mura, Yamanashi Pref., Japan. 81-555-845661.
Siemens Automation & Drives, Erlanger, Germany, 49-9131-98-3618.
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|Publication:||Metalworking Insiders' Report|
|Date:||Sep 27, 2005|
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