Rotating Workpieces with a Robotic Lathe
A lathe is a machine tool which rotates the workpiece on its axis to perform various operations. When this process is automated, it saves both time and money.
A robotic lathe has boosted vehicle component production by half at GKN Driveline. Instead of using angle-approach grinders, hard-truning lathes have been used for machining critical features on an extruded steel component at this automotive supplier. They experienced an increase of 55% and a reduction of operators to run the automated lathe cell.
Fuji uses FANUC controls as components in their automated lathe systems. The Fuji ANS-series, TN-series, CS-series, and ANW-series use FANUC 0i-TD Control. The ANS-series integrates a modular single-spindle machine with a turning, milling, or cutoff lathe to increase throughput. The TN-series offers a modular machine with a spindle, a turret, and a gantry robot, suitable for line integration. The CS-series of two spindle CNC lathes feature slides for heavy cutting, superior surface finish, and longer tool life. Finally, the ANW-series can machine a workpiece front and back with turning, facing, threading, grooving, and boring in a single unmanned set-up.
The Fuji VN-series uses FANUC 18i-TA Control to increase profits while decreasing machine floor space. Large and heavy parts are easily handled.
The FS4-series uses FANUC 21i-TB to achieve the fastest high-volume lathe automation in its class with 2.5 seconds load/unload time.
The TNW-series 6-axis twin with an integrated gantry loader completes turning, milling, drilling, and tapping operations all on one machine. Materials in a raw state are transformed into completely finished parts with FANUC control.