This robotic machine tending demonstration features the FANUC LR Mate 200iC robot. This robot is equipped with iRVision, an FS-15iA Force Sensor, and FANUC's machine tool connection software, which all play an intricate role in completing the job. FANUC's intelligent Force Sensor provides complete inspection of the machined part by gauging its outer diameter. Precision gauging technology is ideal for job shops with small-batch product runs.
The robot unloads a machined part and loads a raw part into the lathe. It then presents the part to the force sensor. This force sensor consists of two poles at a known distance that can determine the part's outer diameter by simple touch sensing. The robot's iPendant displays the results from the gauging. The results shown here display which parts pass or fail, and the diameter for the entire batch of parts as the robot cycles through them. Other CNC information can be seen on the robot's iPendant including CNC position, feed rate, spindle speed, I/O status, alarms and CNC programs.
FANUC Robotics' fully integrated iRVision 2D is used to locate the raw parts on the conveyor. FANUC's machine tool connection software transfers data via Ethernet between a FANUC robot and a FANUC CNC or ROBODRILL. The software displays robot information on the CNC screen such as I/O status, alarms and robot program selection.
This option simplifies the integration of a FANUC CNC machine with a FANUC robot by streamlining system execution. It also reduces overall costs compared with operating the robot and CNC remotely during production.
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