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Innovative Boring Mill System Uses FANUC Robot to Load Heavy Parts - Courtesy of Weldon Solutions

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Published on Feb 28, 2014

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FANUC Authorized Integrator Weldon Solutions is a leader in developing robotically automated machine tending systems for a variety of applications. This video highlights an automated boring mill system engineered by Weldon Solutions that uses a FANUC R-2000iB/165F Robot to load and unload heavy cast housings.

First, the FANUC R-2000iB robot locates a part on the inbound pallet using FANUC's iRVision 3D Area Sensor, and picks the part with its magnetic gripper. The new FANUC 3D Area Sensor is an easy to use vision tool that provides full 3D maps in one quick vision shot. The robot places the part on a re-grip station, where a fixed iRVision camera verifies the part and determines its orientation. The robot re-adjusts the part based on its orientation, so that the part is properly aligned with the boring mill load position. FANUC iRVision is crucial in determining this offset for robot pick-up and bore mill loading.

The robot moves to the bore mill, removes a bored part from the mill, and moves it to a vacuum nozzle for chip removal. The robot then loads the part from the pallet onto the bore mill fixture. Once loaded, the robot places the finished part onto an outbound pallet. This process repeats until either the inbound pallet is empty or the outbound pallet is full.

Flat boards are used to separate alternating layers of parts on the inbound and outbound pallets. If the FANUC 3D Area Sensor sees a board on the inbound pallet, the robot uses its magnetic gripper to pick up a vacuum gripper located on the workcell's Safety Fence. The robot then uses the vacuum gripper to move the board from the inbound pallet to the board pallet, and hangs the vacuum gripper back on its "hooks".

Machine tending with articulated robotic solutions provides a number of advantages when compared to traditional gantries. To learn how you can take advantage of the increased productivity and savings provided by a custom-built machining workcell using FANUC Robots, please visit http://www.weldonsolutions.com.

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