Collaborative robots, or cobots, have been creating a buzz in the automation world in recent years. Many believe there’s just one solution for a collaborative robot system – that being a specialized non-industrial robot. The good news is there’s actually a variety of options to achieve a collaborative system. In fact, most traditional robots can become “collaborative” with extra safety devices and proper integration. Let’s examine options for collaborative robot operations.
As the world's leading technology and solutions supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing EOS is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Founded in 1989 by Dr. Hans J. Langer, the company now shapes the world of manufacturing with its innovative solutions. Initially used primarily for rapid prototyping, companies worldwide now leverage additive manufacturing increasingly to meet the needs of serial production. The EOS Ecosystem has meanwhile set the course for the future, enabling industry- and customer-specific 3D printing solutions which shape the digital factory.
Many machine shops avoid manufacturing jobs involving parts that require some form of gear machining operations. They believe that such work is very complicated and requires specialized expertise and equipment, including individual machines dedicated to gear skiving or hobbing. But instead of refusing gear work or farming it out to gear specialists, machine shops can easily keep gear work in-house, and even attract new customers with Mazak's Integrex Auto Gear (AG) series.
With 6 collaborative robot models to choose from, ranging from 4 to 35 kg in payload and 550 to 1813 mm in reach, Fanuc collaborative robots offer more payload and more reach options than any other collaborative robot brand.
The hyperMILL MAXX Machining performance package, a powerful tool for high-performance drilling, roughing, and finishing features special machining strategies that allow users to gain maximum benefit from their machining center and cutters. Two key enhancements have been added to the performance package: Perfect pocketing technology ensures more efficient pocket machining with high-feed cutters. High-performance finishing and roughing strategies are also available for turning.
Mark Dobrich, General Manager – Machine Tools at John Hart, commented: “Austech is Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing and machine tool exhibition, and has always been a key date in our diary allowing us to showcase Mazak’s latest generation of machine tools to a sector which provides the backbone to Australian manufacturing.”
The latest version of the hyperMILL CAD/CAM suite, 2019.1, is now available. Open Mind, one of the leading manufacturers of CAD/CAM solutions, has expanded the finishing module in the hyperMILL MAXX Machining performance package. Further highlights include process optimizations as well as new functions for reducing calculation times.
For 100 years, Yamazaki Mazak has developed a wide range of machine tools and harnessed the power of innovation. Mazak will continue to create more value for customers and machine tool users, adding to a brighter future for the manufacturing industry.
Headquartered in Germany and founded in 1989, Electro Optical Systems (EOS) is the global technology and quality leader for high-end solutions in the field of additive manufacturing (AM) of metals and polymers.
Open Mind Technologies AG has introduced Version 2018.2 of its hyperMILL CAD/CAM suite. In this new release, numerous features – such as drill hole and pocket recognition as well as 3D-optimized roughing have been further improved.
Recently, Mazak introduced first of their kind laser cutting machines which utilise a direct diode laser (DDL), the Mazak Optiplex DDL series. These machines have changed the game for high power laser cutting. Direct diode laser technology has shaken the industrial laser cutting industry, but not everyone understands what it is, how it works or why it has gained such traction.
The digitally connected factory is rapidly becoming a reality, thanks to huge leaps in affordable data handling capabilities. As more machines begin to communicate with each other, production efficiency goes up. Add the ability of analytic tools to predict maintenance needs, and productivity improves even more.