Originally titled 'VMC Provides Lights-Out Production'
Mazak‘s Nexus Compact 5X VMC is part of a self-contained, pre-fabricated automated cell that provides efficient, cost-effective, lights-out manufacturing for small-to-medium sized parts, the company says. The cell incorporates, in addition to the full five-axis VMC, a standalone robot and palletizer system for automated processing of more than 72 individual workpieces.
The automated cell handles a scope of workpiece sizes measuring up to 3.9” wide × 3.9” deep × 3.9” tall (75 mm × 75 mm × 75 mm) and weighing as much as 8.8 lbs (4 kg). For maximum production within a minimal amount of manufacturing floor real estate, the VCN Compact automation cell occupies 59” × 116.3” (1,498 mm × 2,946 mm) of floor space and the robot with stacker only 48” × 60” (1,219 mm × 1,524 mm).
Operators from outside the automated cell use a two-position rotary carousel to load and unload workpieces mounted on System 3R pallets for storage in the cell’s 72-position magazine. A Fanuc LRMate six-axis robot with two-jaw parallel gripper accesses any position in the pallet magazine, as well as the load/unload turntable, to load workpieces into the machine from either location for immediate production.
Once parts are loaded into the VMC, which is available in three- and five-axis versions, the machine is designed to deliver precise machining capability and superior part surface finishes. For power and versatility, the machine’s robust, high torque 12,000-rpm, 25-hp, CAT 40 spindle provides the performance required for tough materials, such as stainless steel, Inconel and titanium. An optional 40-hp, 20,000-rpm spindle, or 42,000-rpm, HSK E40 high-speed spindle, are also available.