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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Flexible Automation on a VMC

Robot loading and unloading of the workholding that is used in the machining center facilitates the ability to change jobs during an unattended run....MORE

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

Kitagawa North-Tech Automated Jaw Pallet System

Automated Jaw Pallet System for Low- to Moderate-Volume Machining

Kitagawa North-Tech will demonstrate its Automated Jaw Pallet System (AJPS) for robot-tended CNC milling/turning cells. ...MORE

Robots, Robots, Robots

Lately, I’ve noticed an increasing number of shops researching ways to implement various types of automation to improve their productivity through unattended operation. ...MORE

VBX-160

Flexible Automation on a VMC

Robot loading and unloading of the workholding that is used in the machining center facilitates the ability to change jobs during an unattended run. ...MORE

Fastems Multi-Level Flexible Manufacturing System

Model Demonstrates Operator Interface

Fastems will exhibit a fully-featured scale model of its Multi-Level Flexible Manufacturing System. ...MORE

Link-Belt cranes

Machining Critical Crane Components

By investing in a new horizontal machining center with a two-axis head and a six-station pallet pool, this crane OEM is making critical components for telescopic booms in one setup and running lights-out. ...MORE

PMTS 2017