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Automation of loading and unloading of CNC lathe parts

if you have been considering automating the loading/unloading of CNC lathe to reduce the labor cost of some workpieces with long processing time, you may want to consider the part loading/unloading device specially manufactured by toellner Systems Co., Ltd. (located in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin) for this machine tool. The feeding time of this part feeder is 30~50% faster than that of manual feeding, so the lathe can be operated for a long time unattended, and can combine more unified production with more accurate scheduling

the figure shows the automatic loading/unloading of eccentric spindle

shaft parts by transforming the part loading/unloading device of a Mazak QT 15 CNC lathe. The 40 inch long parts library (black, no human error operation color within 1 year, with inclined support on the top) can

accommodate 50 shaft parts to be turned at one time. A conveyor belt 1 generally transfers the processed parts to the workpiece basket by a third-party authority (front left) with detection capability

this feeder/unloader can be modified for all or most machine tools produced by large machine tool manufacturers. The manufacturer said that they are much cheaper than gantry or robots, and can generally recover costs in 12 months or less

toellner specially produces part feeders for each customer according to the size and shape of the parts, the need for positioning and turning the parts, the need to prevent the parts from bending, and even the length of the time between which the customer requires that the unattended operation of the CNC lathe is the best way to find the fault. The special requirements of customers can be further met by matching various system options for applications. However, each part feeder is assembled with standard and modular parts, which can not only reduce the cost, but also enable customers to modify the unit in the company for future workpieces

the feeder is installed at the place where the operator usually stands in front of the machine tool. A convenient floor support is used to swing the feeder away from the machine tool to change the setting and accommodate the workpiece with short processing cycle and manual feeding

the figure shows the loading/unloading unit that is set

from the CNC lathe so that the operator can manually load the material

for applications that require more than simply unloading the processed parts to the transport bucket or transport bin, a part grabber can be provided. The part slides down from the chute. When the part is cut from the base metal, the chute turns up under the tool. Smaller parts are output from the lathe to the transport bucket or transport bin fixed on the door of the machine tool. For larger parts and fragile parts with notch or crack due to contact with other parts, a part output transmitter can be used. The output conveyor can also be used to transfer parts to downstream operations

these photos show the diversity of loading/unloading systems. Install the shaft blank at an angle of 15 degrees, and

remove the eccentrically turned shaft from the spring chuck of the machine tool

like the part feeder, the part gripper is assembled with non proprietary parts that are easy to locate. Therefore, in Dr. Deakin's definition, when the loading/unloading system is to be suitable for other workpieces that are not so similar, the whole system can be easily repaired and modified in the factory. (end)

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