Robot Cell Developed for Flexible Production of Different Batch Sizes

The Fastems RoboCell One features adaptable and flexible machining, particularly heavy workpieces within batches of different sizes.


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The Fastems RoboCell One features adaptable and flexible machining, particularly heavy workpieces within batches of different sizes. The easy-to-configure robot cell is designed for handling heavy workpieces weighing up to 176 lbs. and for automating up to two machine tools of the same type, either lathes or milling machines. 

The RoboCell One has been developed for the flexible production of different batch sizes, including a wide variety of components. The robot cell offers an optional, automated gripper change system for the flexible handling of workpieces and implementation of new components without interrupting production operations. The robot can be fitted with single, double or special grippers. Up to six different grippers may be used for handling workpieces in specific production operations.

A single robot that can be operated in one linear axis is able to supply two machines with workpieces, and different products can be simultaneously produced by using both machines together. The robot automatically changes its grippers for loading/unloading respective units. The result is optimal use of machine capacity, even when orders are frequently altered.

In combination with the Fastems Manufacturing Management Software (MMS), RoboCell One provides advantages for production operations. The MMS automatically plans the entire production process based on the production orders, including the changes of workpieces for batches of different sizes and taking account of all needed resources. The software shows current production status in real time, calculates the machinery capacities for outstanding orders and shows machinery retooling operations that are needed. This means that throughput times are cut and production costs per workpiece are reduced.

The robot cell requires no previous knowledge of robotics and is configured through parametric programming via the MMS, simplifying production, especially for groups of components. The necessary values and/or parameters for workpiece handling are stored in the control system via the MMS interface. New parts master data and orders can be produced both quickly and simply during production operations, i.e. whilst the machine is running.


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