Setting new standards in flexible machine tool tending
ABB’s FlexLoader SC 6000 sets the standard in flexible machine tool tending - increasing machine utilization by as much as 60%, while reducing operational costs.
A leader in the development of automation solutions, ABB’s FlexLoader SC 6000 sets the standard in flexible machine tool tending. This robotic solution increases machine utilization by as much as 60%.
The FlexLoader SC 6000 is available in two variants, with the IRB 2600 robot (20kg/1.65m reach) and with the IRB 4600 robot (60kg/2.05m reach). Both come complete with a robot controller inside its fully integrated control cabinet. The FlexLoader SC 6000 is a pre-engineered, well-tested and reliable automation solution.
Designed to load and unload machine tools using vision guided robotics, the integrated solution is capable of handling a variety of additional manufacturing operations such as marking, deburring and cleaning with air. The FlexLoader SC 6000 can run free from operator supervision for up to eight hours, depending on the part size and cycle time, thanks to an internal buffering system.
The FlexLoader SC 6000 is compatible with a wide range of machine tools, for example, horizontal and vertical lathes, machining centers and 5-axis machines and grinders. Its numerous interfaces can be hardwired with 24V I/Os for easy communication with a machine tool.
Capable of handling both small batch and volume production, the FlexLoader SC 6000 comes equipped with a choice between a two- or three-finger gripper and six standard plug-and-play options, including: two separate deburring tools, a re-grip table, marking unit, turn station, air cleaning box and a corridor/ passage.
The FlexLoader SC 6000’s built-in vision system is specifically designed for robot guidance. Control and communications with the robot are tightly integrated into the software, a complete teach-in is very simple and intuitive from beginning to end. With one of the easiest to use operator interfaces on the market, the teaching of a new part is possible in less than 10 minutes.
With the aid of vision-guided robotics, the FlexLoader SC 6000 becomes even more flexible; it is able to recognize variations in part size and varying geometrical shapes. Additionally, the parts do not need to be fixed in a particular position to be identified, picked up and placed by the robot, which reduces costs and complexity.