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 MD Mate ™ Robotic Machine Tender

The MD Mate  ™ was designed with the premise that floor space is at a premium and flexibility is critical to any machine tending application, Automated Cells (ACE) developed the MD Mate ™ to be a simple, drop-in machine tending solution for small lathes, mills and grinders.

 

How does it work?

An operator simply opens each of the four drawers from outside the robot cell, places raw parts into each drawer fixture and then closes each drawer. Next, the operator cycle starts both the machine tool and the robot. The included 6-axis 7kg payload FANUC robot moves to the top drawer, depresses the drawer handle, pulls the drawer into the robot cell and locks it into position for part unloading. The robot now unhooks from the drawer handle, picks the first part from the drawer and then loads the machine tool. On the next cycle, a finished part is unloaded from the machine tool and a new raw part is loaded. The robot moves back to the drawer to place the finished part back into the drawer. As drawers are completed, the robot moves down to the next available drawer.

  • This photo shows the front view of the MD MateTM Robotic Machine Tender tending a small lathe. Note: The robot is tending the second drawer down, while the top drawer on the operator side is being unloaded and replenished with new raw parts.
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  • This photo shows the MD MateTM Robotic Machine Tender tending a small lathe. Note: The cell door is shown in the open position providing full access to the machine tool for tooling and workholding changes. When closed, the guarding still provides full access to the CNC control panel.
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  • This photo shows the operator side view of the MD MateTM Robotic Machine Tender tending a small lathe. Note: When opened the cell door folds neatly against the MD Drawer cabinet for space savings.
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  • This photo shows the right front view of the MD MateTM Robotic Machine Tender. Note: The compact size of the cell and fold-away guarding.
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  • This photo shows the machine side view of the MD MateTM Robotic Machine Tender. Note: The top of the drawer cabinet has additional space for peripheral equipment such as a regrip station or small part mark station.
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  • This photo shows the operator side view of the MD MateTM Robotic Machine Tender. Note: The robot controller is located below the drawers and mounted within the cabinet for easy access.
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Benefits

  • Easy to use
  • Operator can access drawers not in use by robot and refill with raw parts
  • Uses customer made fixture plates reducing cost
  • Provides good line of sight to machining process
  • Quick installation and commissioning of system
  • Open access to service work holding and turret tool

 

Features

  • Compact size
  • 24” W x 16” D x 4” H fixture area
  • 50 lb capacity per drawer (parts and fixture plate)
  • 3-position drawer locking (robot, mid and operator)
  • Drawer position sensors are tied to a distribution block with home run cable

 

Options

Additional features of the MD Mate ™ include: heavy-duty steel frame, integrated drip tray within each drawer, drawer position sensors pre-wired to distribution block for connection to the automation control system, and easy relocation via pallet jack.

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