Methods Automation Plus-K
The Methods Plus-K Automation System is an innovative robotic automation solution that is added to a medium bed FANUC RoboDrill. This system not only exchanges part carriers, but also tool holders to further enhance the functionality of the RoboDrill. The compact automation system is only 32” wide and is secured to the machine on a set of rigid brackets.
The idea of this cell is to fill up the Rotary Storage Carousel with a number of workpiece carriers and the extra tooling required for the different workpieces and let it run. Setups are reduced because the system is based on the robot loading and unloading workpiece carriers into and out of the machine.
Because these quick change carriers are designed with a common feature to be used by the robot and clamped in the machine on a common clamping system, no programming for the robot is required and no setup in the machine is required.
Workpieces are secured in vises or blank pallets which are intended to be customized for the specific holding requirements. These pallets are placed in the rotary carousel along with the required tool.
Features & Benefits
Methods Plus-K Automation Assembly Includes
- 4 tool racks each holding 11 tool positions for a total of 44 extra tool positions
- Rotary Storage Carousel with 60 part/part carrier positions
- Steel base, stand and sheet metal enclosure
- (2) Bottom support brackets with leveling feet to secure enclosure to the machine
- Operator access doors for part/tool loading and maintenance
- Plus-K Simple Pallet Management System
FANUC LR Mate 200iD 6 Axis Articulating Arm Industrial Grade Robot w/R-30iB Mate Controller Includes
- Motion Package, RoboDrill Connection Interface software option, carousel motor and control
- (1) Pneumatic, parallel close two jaw gripper with a set of fingers designed to hold BT30 tool holders, as well as pallet transport plates
Carousel System Base Programming in Robot
- Programming supplied to operate the carousel system to allow the operator to schedule pallet and the robot to pick and place both tools/pallets
- Pallet Storage
- 60 positions
- Max Pallet Size (Diameter x Height)
- ø4.7” x 7" (ø120mm x 180mm)
- Max Weight of Part
- 11 lbs (5kg) parts & vise
- LR Mate 200iD
- Robot Reach
- 28" (717mm)
- Floor Space (L x W)
- 67” x 30" (1,700mm x 760mm)
- Unit Weight
- 1,200lbs (550kg)