8/14/2006

Robotic EDM Cell Maximizes Productivity

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A Fanuc robotic EDM cell from Methods EDM increases production capacity through automated loading and unloading. The cell features a high-speed Fanuc six-axis robot and can be configured to serve either a single or multiple Fanuc iC Series wire EDM machine. The design of the Fanuc M-710iB/70 robot provides a large work envelope in a minimum of floor space.

A Fanuc robotic EDM cell from Methods EDM increases production capacity through automated loading and unloading. The cell features a high-speed Fanuc six-axis robot and can be configured to serve either a single or multiple Fanuc iC Series wire EDM machine.

The design of the Fanuc M-710iB/70 robot provides a large work envelope in a minimum of floor space. With a standard Joint 1 rotation of 360 degrees and the ability of Joint 3 to flip over and work behind itself, the robot can reach anywhere and offers precise positioning and performance, according to the company. Directly coupled drives on all axes ensure repeatability of ± 0.15 mm.

Robot motion is controlled by exclusive CellMaster cell control software. After it picks up a workpiece from a designated loading zone, the robot places it on a storage rack, logging its location. The cell control software, which includes presetting functions, then matches the CNC program, cutting technology, robot gripper and any tooling or fixturing with the part.

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