Method Machine Tools’ JobShop Cell Pro Offers Multiple Infeed, Outfeed Options
System includes a RoboDrill D21SiBadv Vertical Machining Center Series, which has several different pre-engineered end-of-arm and infeed/outfeed options for a range of part and capacity requirements for medium-volume applications.
Methods Machine Tools JobShop Cell Pro
Methods Machine Tools’ JobShop Cell Pro is an automated machining solution featuring the RoboDrill D21SiBadv Vertical Machining Center Series. The machine incorporates a main enclosure with several different pre-engineered end-of-arm and infeed/outfeed options for a range of part and capacity requirements.
This Pro version accommodates multiple infeed and outfeed options for high-mix, medium-volume machining applications. It features an industrial grade, articulating FANUC 6-axis robot in a versatile aluminum enclosure, which enables the RoboDrill to be placed on the left or right side, or in a twin cell with two machines. In the twin cell, two side-by-side RoboDrill machines with a FANUC robot entering from the side of each machine gives operators full, open access to the front of the RoboDrills for tool changes, offsets and maintenance, the company says.
Removable panels on the common enclosure enable several different infeed and outfeed options, including conveyors, drawers, lazy Susan-style pallet systems, as well as interfaces for vibratory and other bulk feeding solutions.
The compact, high-speed RoboDrill D21SiBadv offers multi-axis simultaneous machining with a 10,000 or 24,000 rpm BBT-30 spindle. Customers may choose from a 3-, 4- or 5-axis configured RoboDrill, and an array of standard hydraulic or pneumatic workholding options. The RoboDrill features 1.3 second chip-to-chip tool change and 1.5 g acceleration/deceleration. A FANUC 31i-B5 Nano CNC controller provides extremely fast FSSB high-speed processing, the company says.
Today, lower part volumes and frequent change-over are changing the offerings of some automation integrators. Standard, off-the-shelf components are being engineered to work together in a large variety of applications and, in some cases, are even portable so they can be moved from machine tool to machine tool.
Manufacturing cells are used to minimize product movement as well as materials, equipment and labor during the manufacturing process. By reducing cycle times and material handling, these cells help shops more easily meet customer demands regarding cost, quality and leadtimes.
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