ABB ROBOTICS’ FlexMT®60 for tending machining work cells is a flexible, pre-engineered and standardized system designed to load and unload machine tools using vision-guided robotics. Designed either for small batch or high-volume production, the FlexMT reportedly increases spindle utilization by up to 60% over manual machine tending.
The FlexMT is capable of handling a variety of additional manufacturing operations too, like marking, deburring and cleaning with air. It reportedly can handle almost any size and type of part, and is compatible with a wide range of machine tools, including horizontal and vertical lathes, machining centers, 5-axis machines, and grinders.
The FlexMT 60 includes an ABB IRB 4600 robot with a 60-kg payload and a 2.05-m reach. A second model, the FlexMT 20, features an ABB IRB 2600 robot with a 20-kg payload and a 1.65-m reach.
ABB Robotics also will demonstrate the “lead through” programming capabilities of its YuMi collaborative robot technology. YuMi is compact, with human-scale dimensions and human movements, which makes human coworkers feel safe and comfortable. It can be programmed easily by manually guiding the hands in the motion pattern required to complete a specific task. Paired with an intuitive wireless tablet interface, YuMi can be taught assembly functions “within minutes,” according to the developer
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