Makino introduces the new MMC-R automation system for robotic fixture plate distribution in 4- and 5-axis horizontal and vertical machining centers. This new automation system is perfectly suited for high product mix, low volume production runs, enabling manufacturers to increase spindle utilization and reduce setup times through accurate and reliable machine loading, unloading, and part storage.
The MMC-R is designed for flexibility, accommodating a wide variety of customized configurations for simple shop floor integration and improved utilization of capital assets. These systems are typically composed of 4- and/or 5-axis horizontal and vertical machining centers, a 6-axis robot transport, work setting station(s), fixture plate storage rack(s), and fixture plates. An optional 7th axis floor track can be integrated into the MMC-R to support additional machining and storage capacities.
Fixture plates are designed with a steel construction and are available in a variety of sizes based on machine size, 4- or 5-axis machining, and robot specifications. Delphin interfaces provide secure fixture plate transfer between the robot gripper and the machine tombstone for accurate and repeatable part production. By transporting fixture plates in place of a complete machine pallet, manufacturers will benefit from reduced part fixture costs.
The MMC-R can incorporate Makino's MAS-A5 Cell Controller for coordinated production schedules of fixture plate transfers, allowing increased manufacturing efficiency through reduced machine downtime. The MMC-R cell controller monitors the conditions of the robot transport and issue transfer tasks to the robot. A Human Machine Interface (HMI) is included for initial setup and alarm/event messaging to ensure in-progress production security.
Makino Integration Services
Makino Integration Services provide complete integration of machining technologies, automation, third-party equipment, application engineering, fixture design, on-time delivery, on-site installation, successful test runs, in-shop training, online training, and post-production support. The engineering staff understands machine tools from the inside out, including third party tool measurement, part measurement, vision systems, pallet systems, form control, remote machining, and machine tending. Integrating these automation components to their full potential, based on a shop's unique demands, can greatly increase overall efficiency.
For more information on the new MMC-R visit www.makino.com/library and view the webinar "A new concept in simple automation for horizontal machining centers."
A world leader in advanced CNC machining centers, Makino provides a wide range of high-precision metal-cutting and EDM machinery, including horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, 5-axis machining centers, graphite machining centers, and wire and Ram EDMs. Our flexible automation solutions provide reduced labor costs and increased throughput in a variety of production volumes and designs. With Makino engineering services, we offer industry leading expertise for even the most challenging applications across all industries. For more information call 1.800.552.3288, or visit www.makino.com.
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Webinar: A new concept in simple automation for horizontal machining centers
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