Production Machining

AUG 2014

Production Machining - Your access to the precision machining industrial buyer.

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and high flexibility," says Steve LaMarre, director, automation sales. Te fully integrated solution is based on the FANUC M-20iA robot, which has a relatively small footprint, yet heavy payload and good reach, providing a variety of machine use options, the company says. "Our decision to develop this solution has been confrmed by recent industry surveys that indicate that automation is becoming increasingly impor- tant to our customer industries," Mr. Hauser says. "Te automation package ofers a favorable capability/beneft versus cost and can be delivered quickly." Highlights Robust part drawers with heavy-duty drawer slides have a weight capacity of 300 pounds and can accommodate parts as tall as 6 inches in a useable area of 18 inches by 24 inches. Actual part quantity is dependent on the locating trays supplied by the customer. Te robot has a 44-pound payload with 30-pounds available for customer-supplied fnger details and part weight. Load/unload times are application depen- dent, but 6 to 8 seconds has been demonstrated. "Our solution uses I/O blocks and cables, so it is liter- ally plug and play," Mr. LaMarre says. "Plus, it includes a secure workpiece storage/service drawer mounted on the platform that can be safely accessed by the operator, while the robot can access other drawers at the same time." All equipment is mounted on a common base plate with forklift pockets. The base has drip pan and walk-on grating under which all robot cables and interconnect wiring are concealed and protected. Simple installation consists of locating the system in front of the machine tool within robot reach, leveling the base using the included screws, and lagging the base to the plant floor. The base package is completely assembled and fully tested prior to shipment. :: The modular robotic automation cell is designed for fexible part load/unload with the Emco Maier line of turning machines. For more information: Emco Maier Corporation :: 248-313-2700 Machining Complex Workpieces Complete Check out this multitasking machine that ofers advances in productivity for series production. LINK :: The compact solution is designed to allow shops, even with no automation experience, to install without the help of a third party automation house. Users can select end-of-arm tooling from two gripper models and three different mounting configurations, based on the workpieces' geometry and weight. Software options simplify programming, assist in safer operation, and help to protect the equipment from damage from improper programming. The user has complete access to the machine controller without interrupting robot operation, including unrestricted access for setup and tool changes. TECH BRIEFS :: 31

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