| 1 MINUTE READ

Jr. Parts Collector

Users of Swiss-type lathes might find this part-collecting device helpful for lights-out machining.

Share

Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

 

�  
 
I’ve seen Rota-Rack parts collectors like the one shown above on a few recent shop visits. In fact, I saw that one during a visit to KitchenAid for this story about Overall Equipment Effectiveness.
 

Royal Products makes these devices, and I describe them here. But the company has recently developed a smaller version it calls the Econo-Rack (shown below). The Econo-Rack is offered as an alternative to its big brother for shops that want to run lights-out, but don’t need the payload capacity of the larger unit. So they’re well-suited for parts machined on Swiss-type lathes. The turntable on the smaller unit spins at a constant 1 rpm, collecting parts as they are delivered out of a lathe. An adjustable deflector moves parts to the center of the turntable. 

 

�

Related Topics

RELATED CONTENT

  • Bar Puller Basics

    Bar pullers are cost-effective alternatives to enable automated turning on CNC lathes. This article explains how they work and how shops can benefit from using them.

  • Programming A Robot The Way You Program A CNC Machine Tool

    Programming a robot with the same CAM software used for a multi-axis machine tool makes it unnecessary to “teach” the robot by jogging it manually from point to point and recording these point-to-point moves as the robot’s motion commands. Robotmaster is a software package that provides this CAD/CAM-based, off-line programming for robots. It runs fully integrated inside Mastercam CAM software for CNC machine tools.

  • Is Robotic Automation the Key to Drawing (and Keeping) New Employees?

    Robotic automation is transforming a job that was perhaps a machine operator’s least-favorite work assignment into one that is not a heavy lift.