Robot-based automation takes centre stage

Robot-based automation takes centre stage

The Robo-Tend robot-based automation cell from XYZ Machine Tools, will take centre stage at this year’s Northern Manufacturing show. This modular and mobile robot automation system brings automation within the reach of traditional sub-contract engineering businesses, says the company and is designed for use with XYZ vertical machining and turning centres fitted with Siemens controls.

The system will be demonstrated attached to an XYZ 750 LR vertical machining. It is equipped with a camera vision system and is compatible with the Siemens ShopMill and ShopTurn controls used on the company’s VMCs and turning centres.

The interface has been developed to make programming automation as easy as possible for fast, efficient and affordable automation. Payback is possible in just a few months of operation if purchased outright, says the company although the option of finance from £2.00/hour is also available.

The company will also demonstrate the UMC-5X. This has, as standard, a direct drive 90rpm table configuration, which when tilted 90° towards the rear (component facing forward), there remains 500mm of Y axis travel forward of the table surface, allowing larger workpieces to be machined. The gantry-type design adds greater rigidity and performance, while C-axis rotation via a direct drive, low maintenance, high torque motor, gives 90 revs/min rotational speed with ±120° on the tilting A-axis, while 600mm axis travel in X and Y (500mm in Z) maximise use of the 600mm diameter table. Standard spindles are in-line direct drives with 35kW of power and either 12,000/15,000 revs/min, an option to go to a 25kW, 18,000/24,000 revs/min motorised spindle is also available.

The ProtoTrak control system will be shown on an RMX 3500 bed mill and an RLX 355 ProTurn lathe. The RX is enhanced with a 15.6 inch touchscreen, combined with DXF capability to remove any requirement for a mouse to interact with editing of programs. The touchscreen also adds pinch to zoom, twist to rotate operations for intuitive control and allowing closer inspection prior to machining.

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