For this Omaha shop, periodic part inspection required an automated turning cell to pause production. Printing a plastic parts collection chute for delivery outside the cell solved this problem, and it turns out the shop has found 3D printing to be valuable in many other ways.
IMTS Spark: New automatic pallet changers from Midaco aim to increase CNC machine efficiency and overall productivity by eliminating spindle downtime and easing demands on the operator’s time.
IMTS Spark: New software updates add 50 operational and ease-of-use features to the line of OB7 collaborative robots from Absolute Machine Tools’ partner Productive Robotics.
IMTS Spark: Makino’s MMC2 modular, automated material handling system Increases Production without adding staff or equipment.
IMTS Spark: FANUC America’s Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization (QSSR) package enables its CNCs to control connected robots providing machine tending.
Easy to implement and flexible enough to handle a range of applications, hand-guided robots can help job shops automate high-mix, low-volume production.
Rocketfarm’s URCap software translates information from the UR robot to OPC UA-compatible information.
CNC machines can do more than we think. They are automation platforms for insourcing.