Automated Gantry Loader for CNC Lathes
The H-Bot lathe gantry loader from ATS Systems enables automated parts loading for CNC lathes. The system handles round slugs, castings and forgings ranging from 2" to 6" in diameter and can accommodate as much as 50 lbs per gripper. According to the company, the system enables job-to-job changeover in 10 min. and does not impede operator access to the work zone. The loader fits most 6", 8" and 10" chuck lathes with single or subspindle configurations, the company says.
This shop justified the robot solely through improved use of labor. Other benefits came to light after the automation arrived.
Take a look at some of the options, and find out how some shops make their decisions.
Several exhibitors at the recent EMO show in Hannover, Germany, featured demonstrations of robotic arms wielding live cutting tools such as end mills or face mills. Perhaps the most dramatic demo was presented by Delcam to showcase this CAM developer’s PowerMill Robot Interface.