More Value Creation Through Integral Automation Solutions

DMG MORI considers the automation of its machine tools to be the decisive foundation of the digital factory.
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Automated machines are crucial components of a digital factory and are therefore an integral part of Industry 4.0. DMG MORI is the pioneer of digitalization in machine tool construction and considers automation to be a strategic future-orientated field.

The latest examples of DMG MORI’s automation expertise are the Robo2Go 2nd Generation for flexible workpiece handling on lathes and the wide range of pallet handling systems. A PH 150 with up to twelve pallets and a maximum load capacity of 250kg is displayed on a DMU 65 monoBLOCK. A DMU 85 monoBLOCK is presented for the first time by DMG MORI with the new PH 400. Both palette handling systems are a part of the DMG MORI automation portfolio, which includes a total of 50 solutions in the area of workpiece and pallet handling systems. The latter are additionally divided into linear and rotary magazine systems, whereby the workpiece handling systems are available in robot or portal loading variations.

With an integral approach, Joint Venture DMG MORI HEITEC considers itself to be a supplier of modular, perfectly coordinated automation solutions. DMG MORI HEITEC supports DMG MORI in the development and realization of flexible automation solutions, such as work-piece handling. The automation expertise for pallet handling is directly integrated into the production plants of DMG MORI.

The interplay between engineering from the DMG MORI production plants and automation expertise on the part of DMG MORI HEITEC provides the user with a customized, integrated and reliable solution – and everything from a single source. “In essence, we implement modular manufacturing cells and systems on the basis of a building block system, which allows them to be individually set up and customized,” explains Kai Lenfert, joint managing director of DMG MORI HEITEC GmbH together with Markus Rehm. This is a decisive factor, particularly for small and medium-sized companies. Problem solving is what counts at DMG MORI HEITEC and thus value creation in the long term.

It is also about incorporating important implications of automation throughout the entire production process. Kai Lenfert provides a simple but obvious example: “A customer that develops an automated system for unmanned nightshift must also be capable of making available the required resources beforehand and during further processing.” The more complex the task, the more detailed the planning needs to be for the system and above all, integrated into value creation.

Integral overview with digital engineering.

Due to the direct interaction with the DMG MORI plants, DMG MORI HEITEC can already plan and optimize every automation project very specifically and optimized for the customer based on virtual mapping and in real time. Digital engineering with the depiction of real plants and machines through the digital twin and the analytical predictability of events are seen by DMG MORI HEITEC as an important building block for networked and intelligent production. Even specific component programs can be run virtually for the customers already prior to installation on the computer. This creates a high degree of investment security for the customer, guarantees fast installation and commissioning on site and ensures an incomparably fast production start. The cycle times can be reduced by up to 80 percent in this way. Above all, equipped with knowledge gained from the virtual results of the digital engineering, the customer can already precisely asses during the decision-making phase how the system will affect the process chain and what the company may potentially need to do to guarantee efficient operation of the system and its entire production process.

Robo2Go 2nd Generation: flexible automation, simply programmed.

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Processes can be quickly and easily created with the Robo2Go 2nd Generation even without any knowledge of robot programming.

The new second generation Robo2Go can be operated on the CLX and CLX series turning centers as well as the turn and mill complete machining centers from the CTX TC series. The flexible robot automation is easy to operate via new software. The processes can be directly created with the Robo2Go 2nd Generation based on predefined program modules and even without any knowledge of robot programming. This means that teaching a new workpiece takes less than 5 minutes, making the Robo2Go 2nd Generation an ideal and flexible solution for small and medium-sized batches.

PH 400: Automation for up to 800 kg loading.

With a load capacity of up to 800kg, the PH 400 in the DMG MORI portfolio is an ideal complement to the rotary magazine.

After the success of the PH 150 palette handling system, which has already been installed by DMG MORI over a hundred times, the machine tool manufacturer is expanding its palette automation portfolio with the new PH 400 – an ideal addition to the proven rotary magazine.This means that the DMU monoBLOCK and duoBLOCK series can now also be loaded with large palettes. The load capacity of the PH 400 is 530 kg in the version with twelve palettes and 800 kg if designed for six or eight palettes. With maximum workpiece dimensions of ø 850 mm diameter and 1,000 mm height, the PH 400 is an ideal automation solution for the DMU 80 P duoBLOCK and DMU 90 P duoBLOCK.

For more information, please contact Retecon – Tel: 011 976-8600.

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