Yaskawa Motoman Robotics

Robots Enable New Automation

IA20 can do things only a human could do before.A component manufacturer purchased a new CNC machine tool for processing a variety of parts. In order to maximize their return on investment they decided to implement a robotic automation solution from Yaskawa Motoman.

Challenges

Solution

A highly flexible, integrated machine tending system was designed, including:

Process

The cell can hold up to ten pallets. Each pallet holds parts to be processed in a defined position for the robot. A lift raises the pallet to the correct level for the robot. Using a dual gripper, the IA20 robot picks a part and loads it into the machining tool, where it is clamped and machined. The robot then picks up a new raw part, and using the empty gripper removes the semi-finished part. The new raw part is inserted in the machining tool. The semi-finished part is placed on the turnover station, where it is re-gripped and positioned for the final machining. Parts are returned to the pallet when finished.

Results

This solution meets project expectations for both the machining center and the robot. The compact Motoman IA20 robot keeps the complete system size within the footprint requirement. The solution enables the CNC machine to run attended for ten to thirteen hours depending on the part, resulting in increased production. The entire robot cell can be moved with a forklift, allowing the unit to dock with any suitable machine tool.

 


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