5/5/2014 | 1 MINUTE READ

Modular Automation Package for Turning Machines

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Emco Maier has partnered with UltraTech Machinery to offer a modular robotic automation cell that provides flexible part load/unload for its turning machines.

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Emco Maier has partnered with UltraTech Machinery to offer a modular robotic automation cell that provides flexible part load/unload for its turning machines. The package was demonstrated recently with an Emco Maier HT45 SMY universal production turning machine, a versatile, multitasking production turn-mill center designed for a range of applications on barstock to 45-mm diameter. The Hyperturn 45 includes high performance main and counter spindles, two tool systems with a total of as much as 24 driven tools, and a stable Y axis with a 70-mm travel in the upper slide system and a Z2 axis in the lower slide system.

The machine is designed to be easily used in small shops as well as larger plants. The multi-drawer part cabinet offers a simple, reliable, flexible method to provide a useable buffer of oriented parts to the robot, the company says. The user is responsible for very little, including only part specific gripper fingers and trays for the drawers, robot path point teaching and minor program modifications as needed for tray unload/load and machine unload/load.“

The fully integrated solution based on the Fanuc M-20iA robot, which has a relatively small footprint with heavier payload and larger reach than most other alternatives, and therefore, more machine use options.

Part drawers with heavy-duty drawer slides have a weight capacity of 300 lbs and can accommodate parts as tall as 6" in a useable area of 18" x 24". Actual part quantity is dependent on the locating trays supplied by the customer. The robot has a 20 kg payload with 14 kg available for customer supplied finger details and part weight. Load/unload times are application dependent, but 6 to 8 seconds has been demonstrated.

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