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FANUC UK has launched the Robodrill Alpha D21iA5, a high-speed, high-precision cutting machine operated via a computer numerical control (CNC) system.

Robodrill Alpha

To complement the Robodrill, FANUC’s fully integrated Robodrill Automation Cell, an automated parts-handling tool, ensures greater flexibility when handling payloads and increases working capacity.

The modular design enables the cell to be fitted to either side or between two Robodrill machines and can be expanded with additional cells to increase working capacity. Parts loading can be from conveyor, bowl feeder or manually loaded parts trays depending on customer needs and production schedules.

As part of its wider offering, FANUC is also helping to improve the moulding process with its 30T ROBOSHOT injection moulding press, improving stability and increasing energy and cost savings.

To reduce cycle times, FANUC manufactures a range of products including FSSB high-speed rigid tapping, which achieves both high speed and high precision by controlling maximum acceleration power of the spindle motor. Rapid traverse block overlap shortens cycle times in programs with many positioning commands. The integration of FANUC’s DDR-T indexer further supports reduced cycle times thanks to its high-speed operation and high-accuracy.

Key features and benefits of the Robodrill Alpha D21iA5

  • Directly driven axes for quick acceleration of 1.5g in all three axes with 54m/min
  • Highly dynamic spindle with 10,000rev/min or 24,000rev/min
  • Optimal acceleration and deceleration control for efficient machining and shorter cycle times
  • Large travel stroke up to 700 x 400 x 330mm
  • More than 40 per cent energy savings
  • Less compressed-air demand
  • Intelligent control technology with regenerative feedback of excess energy

FANUC UK provides industrial automation solutions ranging from the supply of CNC controllers, robots, drilling machines, EDM and injection moulding machines through to the complete integration of factory automation systems.

Providing a single customer support portal for its three core businesses, FANUC comprises FA — CNC controllers, motors and drives; robotics — industrial robots and systems; robomachines — EDM, injection moulding and drilling machines.

CNC

FANUC’s FA business manufactures CNC controls, drive systems and laser systems. With a 65 per cent market share in the global CNC control sector, FANUC is the market leader. FANUC CNC is the controller of choice for the world’s leading machine tool manufacturers; continuously developing functionality sees FANUC CNC control being used in a wide range of applications — combining powerful control and high precision with unparalleled reliability.

FANUC servo drives and motors are well proven — aimed at the machine builder, they offer the widest range of high-performance compact designs.  The high availability and ease of maintenance together with world-class, energy-efficient designs make them the motors of choice for thousands of OEMs around the world.

Robotics 

FANUC’s robotics business manufactures the widest range of robots in the world for applications from micro-electronics assembly to the forging of precision aerofoils for jet engines — in industries as diverse as pharmaceutical and potato processing — and with maximum payloads from 1kg to 1,350kg. More than 280,000 FANUC robots are operating worldwide, with production currently geared to meet demands of 5,000 per month. FANUC robots are truly ‘out-of-the-box’ automation designed to be totally flexible and, with application-specific options, straightforward to integrate.

Robomachine

FANUC’s robomachine business manufactures Robodrill machining centres, Robocut EDM machines and Roboshot electric injection-moulding machines. Using FANUC components throughout, the robomachine business builds on the advanced technology, reliability, energy efficiency and innovation of its own controllers, drives and motors. With a focus on energy efficiency and high reliability, the robomachine business developed the first all-electric injection-moulding machines — Roboshot — changing the mould shop into a much cleaner and quieter environment.

Customer support

From initial sales contact with FANUC through the life of the product, FANUC provides one single contact point to make sure support is always at hand with up-to-date advice, genuine warranted parts and, whenever possible, obsolescence avoidance solutions that ensure the lifetime delivery of maximum efficiency.

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