Automation Features Added to HMC

Three different systems for automation have been added to the HBZ CompactCell HMC to help reduce downtimes.

Three different systems for automation have been added to the HBZ CompactCell HMC to help reduce downtimes. The stand-alone center can be expanded with a supplementary setup station and a crane for palette changes; a space-saving automated system on rails; and a palette rack, which is an extension of the system on rails and enables storage of multiple pallets in a rack in front of the machine. The automated solutions can be adapted individually to table lengths in scaling of 2, 3 and 4 m. 

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