Load & Go Robot Eases Automation for CNC Shops
This compact robotic loading platform makes automation affordable for CNC shops.
Okuma Corporation is introducing a free-standing robotic loading and unloading platform that is designed to make automation affordable for any size CNC shop .
A product of Automation within Reach, Load & Go is designed to be simple to install and operate, using an intuitive, menu-driven HMI that eliminates the need for advanced programming skills.
Four parts drawers accommodate a range of round, square or rectangular part IDs and ODs for low-volume, high-mix production runs, providing versatility to meet changing customer demands. A rotary table version is also available.
The ability to store part programs and adjustable, universal part templates in the drawer version enables complete changeovers in less than 10 minutes, according to the company.
Because Load & Go is compact and self-contained, installation consists of locating the unit opposite the door of the CNC machine it tends, bolting it to the floor and connecting electrical power, air supply and Ethernet.
Load & Go enables CNC shops to automate labor-intensive loading and unloading with a minimal investment that can reduce cost-per-part and deliver fast ROI.
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