DMG MORI Co. Ltd. (Coventry, UK) has created 52 automation solutions for workpiece- and pallet-handling, positioning the company for automation among most of its 150 different machines in 42 product lines, according to Dr.-Ing. Masahiko Mori, president. Following are examples of their automation advancements.
Robo2Go is supported on the CLX, CTX and NLX machines. This innovative solution offers a flexible automation layout with free access to the machine and an intelligent safety concept for human-machine collaboration. Robo2Go Vision teach-ins take less than 10 minutes.
PH Cell automation has a footprint of 10.7 m². This space-saving automation solution enables autonomous manufacturing even in tight production areas. The pallet system is based on a modular design and offers a high degree of flexibility. The concept behind the PH CELL is that numerous machining centers can be connected, optimally supporting DMG MORI’s automation strategy.
The WH3 automation system is ideal for the MILLTAP 700 and the DMP 70 vertical high-speed machining centres. The WH Series of automation supports different technologies, such as lathes and milling machines, and workpiece sizes up to 500 ×500 ×500 mm. A combination of robots, grippers and shelf units is tailored to your requirements and can easily be retrofitted to your machine.
The RPS21 rotary pallet system is designed to automate the NHX 4000 3rd Generation, NHX 5000 3rd Generation and the NHX 5500 2nd Generation. The system has up to 21 pallet stations on three levels and one workpiece setup station. Rotary pallet storage has outstanding space saving and setup capabilities making it well for customers who have never thought of automation due to space restrictions.
“Automation is a key part of any installation to get the best possible return on investment and the highest OEE levels,” says Steve Finn, managing director, DMG MORI UK. “The above are just some of the solutions we can offer for both new and existing installations.”
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