ABB Robots Help Shops Meet Production Challenges
The robots are ideal for both low- and high-volume production, tending vertical lathes, horizontal and vertical machining centers, five-axis machines, and grinders.
With more efficient and advanced machine tools entering the market, the demand for more intelligent and flexible robotic automation for machining applications is increasing. Coupled with the progressing shift from mass production to mass customization, the need to efficiently serve individual customer preferences is a primary concern of machine shops and manufacturers.
FlexLoaders, ABB Inc.’s standardized machine tool tending cells, include a six-axis robot ideally suited to the reach and payload requirements of the specific application, according to the company. Vision guidance provides the flexibility to automate the machine tending of parts that range from small to very large, increasing machine tool utilization by as much as 60 percent. The robots are ideal for both low- and high-volume production, tending vertical lathes, horizontal and vertical machining centers, five-axis machines and grinders.
The company’s first offerings under this approach include a new single-arm YuMi robot and OmniCore. Both feature high flexibility to add collaborative applications to existing lines with confined spaces—from compact footprints and multiple mounting possibilities to full integration as part of the digital factory. ABB Ability and Connected Services are both built into the new controller, as well as the SafeMove2 safety software solution, which can convert any connected industrial robot into a collaborative one, the company says. In addition, the company also introduced its RobotStudio virtual commissioning and simulation software that enables teams to collaborate and efficiently design automation systems with a 3D perspective.
There is always room for improvement, and transitioning from vertical turning to inverted vertical turning can be one way to improve your shop’s efficiency. The benefits of inverted vertical turning include a smaller machine footprint relative to horizontal turning centers of similar capacity; multitasking capabilities; and maybe the biggest benefit—chips fall away from the spindle into a conveyor in the machine base and out of the workzone.
Doosan Machine Tools’s Puma V8300 15” class vertical turning center has an automatic toolchanger (ATC), a larger workzone, increased rigidity and enhanced user convenience and is available in right- or left-hand versions.
When it comes to the machining of hardened surfaces, hard turning is a particularly efficient solution that, compared with grinding, offers a radical reduction of machining times and investment costs.