Zone: Bar Feeders & Material Handling

OVERVIEW: Bar feeders are perhaps the most common material handling accessories found in metalworking shops. Generally applied to turning machines, they can also be applied to VMCs allowing the machining centers to overcome the production limits of table size. Whether used in turning or machining, the bar feeder is designed to deliver a continuous supply of machining stock to the machine tool. The raw stock can be round, square, hex or extruded. Magazine attachments increase the capacity of the bar feeder for unattended or lightly attended operation. Other material handling devices include internal or external loading and unloading of the machine tool. Robots, gantry loading and unloading material handling devices are included in this class of technology. Likewise, conveyors, bowl feeders and other types of material handling equipment allow cut-to-length blanks, castings and forgings to be loaded and unloaded at the machine tool.

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Magazine Bar Feeder

Bar Feeder Basics

Some primary factors are often overlooked when considering how to justify the implementation of a bar feeder for turning operations....MORE

Peak Performance in the Machining Lab

Matching the right equipment for the job and having quality employees to handle the work is paying big dividends for this precision shop....MORE

Bar Feeder Automates Part Production

Designed to boost productivity through streamlined operation, Haas Automation's latest bar feeder model is built for use with Haas ST-10 through ST-35 and DS series CNC turning centers....MORE

EZ-Puller

Bar Puller Features Self-Adjustment

The EZ-Puller, from Accudyne Corporation, addresses a series of bar puller concerns with its own approach to pulling barstock....MORE

compact robotic loading system

Simplifying the Integration of Robotic Automation

The LoadAssistant from Halter CNC Robotics is designed to simplify robotic automation technology in terms of programming, integration and setup. ...MORE

FANUC Expands in North, South America

A series of facility expansions and relocations are scheduled to complete by July 2016. ...MORE

FANUC CR-7iA

Smaller Collaborative Robot Helps with Routine Jobs

FANUC introduces its CR-7iA collaborative robot providing a payload of 7 kg. ...MORE

Hypertherm robotic cell

Robotic Cell Increases Shop’s Productivity by 200 Percent

A new building spurred Hypertherm Inc. to revamp its production process with a robotically automated work cell, providing improved productivity and efficiency. ...MORE

Cloud Computing’s Robotic Implications

Eliminating the need for individual robots to perform complex calculations on their own could facilitate the development of systems that are not only more sophisticated, but also cheaper and more accessible. ...MORE

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