Automated Cells & Equipment
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.
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.
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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