The RoboGrind CNC tool production center from Excalibur Tool has six CNC machine axes and an integrated Fanuc five-axis industrial robot. The center is designed to produce high-quality cutting tools from solid carbide or HSS, minimizing labor through the use of unattended, “lights out” manufacturing. The center can operate autonomously for as long as 12 hours. The Fanuc LR Mate industrial robot is integrated to the center, so even double-ended tools can be produced automatically with no end chipping, the company says. Having six CNC axes allows the center to produce end mills, step tools, brazed tools and other special tools in one clamping. An optional telephone dialer can issue an alert to a cellular or home phone when the center needs the tool pallet reloaded, or in the event of a machine fault.
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