Workpiece handling at DMG MORI
In modern manufacturing, automating recurring workflows is one of the most common ways to optimise processes. One of the main tasks of such automation solutions is reliable workpiece handling, in other words, the autonomous transport of raw parts from a workpiece storage system to a lathe or machining centre. Following machining, the parts must then be removed – usually by means of a robot or gantry loaders – and stored in workpiece storage. The process can be individually adapted depending on the application. This means, for example, that downstream processing steps such as deburring, measuring, and labelling can also be integrated into a workpiece handling system.
Increased productivity with flexible workpiece handling
Using a workpiece handling system has far-reaching effects on manufacturing productivity. For one thing, it eliminates the need for the manual handling of the components by personnel at the machine. This means there is additional time for more demanding tasks such as programming and quality control. When equipped with automated workpiece handling, a machine tool can also be put to optimal use – even during unmanned night and weekend shifts. The automated handling of the components also influences machining quality. This is because inaccuracies caused by manual clamping and unclamping are eliminated in an automated process. As a result, users benefit from consistent production results.
Comprehensive portfolio for individual workpiece handling
As a pioneer of automation in machine tool manufacturing, DMG MORI consistently drives developments in automated workpiece handling. The portfolio contains various gantry loaders and intelligent robot solutions, thus enabling the implementation of optimum workpiece handling for almost any application.
Gantry loaders such as the GX series from DMG MORI feature a compact, space-saving design. They make it possible to handle workpieces with a high level of productivity and flexibility, both on one machine or in a chain of several machines. Additional operations - including washing, measuring, and labelling - can be integrated into the system to achieve end-to-end processes. DMG MORI also integrates its gantry loaders into the machine control system, which ensures easy programming and set-up.
The range of DMG MORI robot solutions includes the Robo2Go models, the MATRIS Light, the WH Cell, and the modular MATRIS, all of which are intelligent and flexible. They work collaboratively and can be highly customised. This allows users to efficiently automate even complex workpiece handling. The robots can be programmed and set up using the machine control system without any in-depth programming knowledge.
Workpiece handling: a brief summary
What is meant by workpiece handling?
The task of a workpiece handling system within an automation solution is to feed raw parts from workpiece storage directly to a machine and to remove finished parts, all of which takes place automatically.
Where is automated workpiece handling used?
Automated workpiece handling is particularly effective in series production because, in addition to working autonomously, machines can be utilised around the clock without increasing the number of employees.
How does automated workpiece handling work?
A workpiece handling system usually consists of a workpiece storage unit and a robot that loads the workpieces into the machine and removes them again. The workpieces can also be handled using a gantry.
What task do robots perform in workpiece handling?
When equipped with one or more grippers, robots can pick up workpieces, clamp them and remove them. They can also adjust the position of the components with the help of turning stations.