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Thursday 5th August 2021 12:12 PM
Fastems Introduces New Robot Cell for a Wide Range of Workpieces
[WEST CHESTER, OH - JUNE 2019] The Fastems RoboCell One sets new specifications in connection to exceptionally adjustable and flexible machining, specially heavy workpieces within batches of many sizes. The easy-to-configure robot cell is basically fashioned for handling heavy workpieces weighing up to 176 lbs. (80 kg) and for automating up to two machine tools of the same type - either lathes or milling machines. The solution consequently comes into its own at the point where present automation systems reach their limits solely due to the maximum weight of the workpiece.
The RoboCell One has been specifically produced for the pliable production of different batch sizes particularly a wide variety of components. A special feature of the robot cell is an optional, automated gripper change system for the convenient handling of workpieces and the simple implementation of new components - without interrupting production operations. The robot can consequently be mounted with single, double, or special grippers. Up to six different grippers may be used for handling workpieces in specific production operations.
A single robot that can be powered in one linear axis is able to supply two machines with workpieces in a flexible manner. Further, different products can be simultaneously produced by using both machines together. To accomplish this scenario, the robot easily alters its grippers for loading/unloading the respective unit. The result is optimal use of machine capacity, even when orders are frequently adjusted.
Above all, through its use in combination with the Fastems Manufacturing Management Software (MMS) for controlling the robot cell and the machines that are connected to it, RoboCell One provides virtually unrivalled advantages for production operations. The MMS automatically plans the entire production strategy structured on the production orders, including the changes of workpieces for batches of different sizes, and taking account of all the resources that are required. In addition, the software shows the current production status in real time (order progress, schedule, etc.), it calculates the machinery capacities for outstanding orders, and it shows the operator in advance the machinery retooling operations that are needed. This means that not only are production costs per workpiece reduced, throughput times are also cut thanks to the anticipatory MMS detailed planning.
When the RoboCell One is first turned to the production of a new workpiece, virtually no knowledge of robotics is expected. This greatly simplifies production, especially in the case of groups of components. Instead of the robot having to be laboriously taught, it is configured through parametric programming via the MMS. The required values and/or parameters for workpiece handling are stored in the control system via the intuitive MMS interface. This means that new parts master data and orders can be produced both quickly and simply during production operations, i.e. whilst the machine is actually flowing.
This article is originally posted on manufacturingtomorrow.com