In-feed and Out-feed part feeding system
CNC Vertical Machining Center
CNC Turning Center
In today's global economy, labor cost plays a substantial role in product cost. It's no secret that some of the
highest labor costs are in countries that have been highly industrialized for a long time, such as the US, Germany,
and Japan. In order for these countries to stay competitive, cost of labor content must be reduced. Today, more
companies are turning toward automated solutions in an effort to reduce cost of labor. This allows the labor force
to be applied to areas that are not easy to automate. Today's automation technology is more reliable than ever,
and when combined with high quality engineering practices, produce highly reliable and easy to use systems.
Automation, combined with proper error proofing, can produce systems which will run in the dark. This results in
both cost savings and an increase in productivity.
This is a turn-key ssystem to integrate a Robotic arm with CNC machines and conveyor system to produce a
Flexible Manufacturing Cell (FMC). System Layout components are:
The robot incorporates a dual gripper system which will allow the robot to handle both the blank and finished
part. The robot will pick the blank part from the part in-feed conveyor system. The robot will load parts in and
out of the machine tool and deposit the finished parts back onto the out-feed belt conveyor.
The robot is strategically positioned in front of the machines to allow easy operator access to the machine work
envelope for machine set-up purposes. A part in-feed / part out-feed conveyors system is utilized for blank part
delivery and finished part drop off. Other operations, such as part wash, debur, part marking, post process
gauging, etc, can also be integrated into the cell.
Two numerically controlled machines (CNC) are included in the RMC:
Fadal VMC 3016-NC
All major components (Base, Column, Saddle, Table, Head) are made of fine grain grey cast iron with heavy
ribbing to ensure excellent v
Vibration dampening characteristics prevent deformation during heavy machining. Wide flame hardened &
ground box ways with Turcite mating surfaces coupled with auto lubrication (metered piston distribution)
provides rigid low friction mating surfaces. With included features as 10,000 RPM, 40 taper Cartridge Spindle
(Grease Packed), 15 HP (11.2 kW) Spindle motor with 53 lbfoft (72 Nom) torque, spindle chiller system,
Steinmeyer ETA+ dual mounted ballscrews and fully enclosed guarding with lift off side doors
Hardings RS 200 CNC Turning Center
The Hardinge RS series turning center sets the standard in high-performance turning that will take the machining
capabilities to new heights. Ideal for basic two axis machining or complex multi-tasking operations in a single
setup, RS turning centers are offered with precision turning in mind. Machine packages are configured with our
most popular options so you can quickly and efficiently select the proper machine tool to produce your parts in a
single setup! High productivity options include Live Tooling with C-axis, Sub Spindle with C-Axis, Y-axis,
HydroGlide®, and many more allowing "Done in one" machining operations to maximize throughput capability.
In-feed and Out-feed part feeding system
Blank parts are loaded and automatically conveyed to a pick up point, commonly referred to as a nest. The out
feed feeding system is what carries the finished parts away from the cell. The feeding system can either convey
the finished parts point just outside of the cell or to the next operation. The out feed systems, is designed to allow
the operator to access or collect the finished parts without having to stop the robot or machine tool. The in-feed
and an out-feed modular Belt conveyor is 12" wide belt 10' long. The control package for the conveyor system is
manufactured to allow manual operator to load in-feed conveyor and product will travel to end of conveyor
where mounted photo eye will stop belt until robotic arm removes product. Out feed conveyor accepts product
from robotic arm and indexes up a distance set by customer. A second photo eye is at the end of conveyor two
to prevent product from falling off the end.
Work-cell safety system
The system is designed to effectively reduce on-the-job injuries while still allowing good access to the
components within the cell. The Robot cell boundaries is protected by physical barriers woven wire panels
provide a simple but effective way to protect personnel from the dangers of entering the production area while the
Robot is active. This automated equipment safety guarding fence is constructed from a 1-5/8" center-to-center
square 8 gauge (1-1/2" square opening) galvanized wire. The enclosure is in compliance with ANSI RIA 15.06
1999 industry standard for Robot enclosure. Several safe guards were incorporated to ensure that no one is in the
manufacturing area when the Robot is in action:
An area scan is an advanced safety laser scanner. It uses harmless laser light to sense an intrusion into a guarded
area. Each door incorporates a safety interlock switch with guard door locking to assure that the doors remain
locked by the Robot main controller until it is safe to enter.
A full featured safety light curtains to cover the opening for the in-feed and out feed conveyors combines several
features such as warning zones function, as well as fixed and floating blanking and Cross-talk prevention features
Safety mute to ensure that the Robot functions are within safety limits during programming.
Robotic Manufacturing Cell (RMC)
We chose Fanuc M-20iA Robot be used in the RMC to do a multitude
of task within the work envelope of the robot. The M20iA has a reach
of approximately 5' 11" and a 20 Kg payload. The robot has its own
programmable control and I/O capabilities and can control other
material handling devices within the cell. The robot also interfaces to
the machine tool as signals such as "robot access door open" must be
communicated between the robot and machine. At the end of the robot
arm is the last axis, commonly called the "wrist", which typically
rotates, therefore eliminating the need for an additional rotating device.
Morcon Technologies, Inc.