7/19/2019 | 1 MINUTE READ

Index Integrates iXcenter Automation Cell with C Series Turning Centers

Originally titled 'Company Integrates Automation Cell with Turning Centers '
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Docked to the machine and easily slid aside to enable access to the work area, the cell supports automatic machine operation and manages raw material and finished parts.

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Index’s iXcenter automation cell is now available with its C series turning centers. Docked to the machine and easily slid aside to enable access to the work area, the cell supports automatic machine operation and manages raw material and finished parts, the company says.

The cell features a vertical storage system with up to 22 stacked pallets measuring 600 mm × 400 mm. Pallets are loaded with blanks at the top of the system, while pallets with finished parts can be removed at the bottom. Loading and unloading can take place at any time with no interruption to production. Downstream processes such as cleaning, measuring, deburring and more can also be integrated directly into the cell. The system’s six-axis robot can handle materials and parts to a maximum weight of 6 kg.

Index’s C Series of machines includes the C100 and C200, which respectively accommodate barstock of 42 mm and 65 mm or 90 mm. These turning centers feature two or three turrets to complete machining of complex parts. The machines can optionally apply two Y axes to the main spindle or one Y axis on both the main and counterspindles, allowing cycle times of complex operations to be minimized.

Both the C100 and C200 can integrate up to three turrets with either 10 or 14 stations, allowing flexible production of a variety of parts. The turrets incorporate Index’s W-serration to provide precise locating with minimal setup times, the company says.

Customers purchasing a C Series machine can select between a FANUC CNC 31i-B with 15" touchscreen or Siemen 840D sl with 18.5" touchscreen. The latter provides the basis of Index’s iXpanel operating system and allows integration with a customer’s existing network for Industry 4.0 functionality.

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