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6/19/2008 | 1 MINUTE READ

Gang Tool Lathe Features Robot Option

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Engineered for exclusive use with the Prodigy GT-27, the full six-axis Fanuc robot achieves 5-second door-open to door-close times (part dependent), the company says. The lathe’s GE Fanuc 0i-Mate TC control is said to contribute to ease of operation, as well as faster and more responsive performance (with the inclusion of brushless digital servo drives). Some features of the controller include a manual pulse generator, cutter path graphics, an LCD color display and a flash card. The Fanuc Robot optional kit includes a LR Mate 200iC Robot with six-axis brakes, a single-phase R30-iA Mate Controller and LR Handling Tool Software. Also included in the kit are a double gripper assembly mounted to the robot, two storage racks (each with pockets for 36 parts), protective caging with access doors and more. For fast and accurate small parts turning, the lathe features a C-axis spindle as standard, a super polymer composite mineral base and precision components. The turret-less lathe requires no tool changes for shorter cycle times. It uses three axes of motion that can be commanded in absolute or incremental modes. The C-axis spindle allows for indexing and positioning in 0.001-degree increments, as well as more advanced functions including interpolation and polar coordinate milling. Compared to traditional cast iron or Meehanite casting, the super polymer composite mineral base reduces vibration and improves surface finish while extending tool life, the company says. The polymer is resistant to oxidants and thermal distortion. The cross-slide design incorporates a high-performance positioning system featuring high preload, angular contact linear bearings using gothic arch configuration, low friction and a precision ground ballscrew in a super-precision thrust bearing set.