UPF, a manufacturer of automotive frames, needed a solution to shortening production time and handling various part sizes. The automated system designed solved these problems by combining FANUC ARC Mate 120iB and dual-arm R-2000iA/200T Toploader robots along with other devices. Production was improved due to the versatility of the laser cutting robot.
UPF, along with two of its integrators, Citation Tool and Custom Machines, designed and built a robotic automation system that incorporated two state-of-the-art robotic laser-cutting cells and two heavy-payload material handling articulated gantries.
The laser-cutting robots use a patented, shape generation software package.
The servo-puller accurately positions the rail in the X axis in the laser cell, and the robot positions the laser head in the Z and Y axes for hole location accuracy.
To prevent this roadblock, a FANUC dual-arm Toploader (articulated gantry) robot, consisting of two R-2000iA/200T robot arms mounted to the same overhead linear track, will remove the rail from the conveyor and automatically place it onto a storage rack.
By attaching a conventional five-axis articulated robot to a one-axis overhead rail, FANUC was able to combine the benefits of a standard articulated robot (including dexterity, high reliability and a spherical work envelope) with those of an overhead linear or area gantry (extended linear reach and overhead mounting).
Provides opportunity to process new rail designs through simple re-programming of multiple servo-controlled devices including; CNC punch press, servo-puller and FANUC ARC Mate 120iB and dual-arm R-2000iA/200T Toploader robots.
Since we implemented the new FANUC robotic laser cutting system