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Model MD Robotic Mini Drawer

The MD MiniDrawer ™ Cabinet provides convenient and compact parts storage for part processing small parts within a robotic automation cell and is available to both integrators and end users.

 

How does it work?

An operator simply opens each of the 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 robot moves to the top drawer, lifts 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 Model MD MiniDrawer ™ Cabinet with one of the operator-side drawers open. A Delrin plastic fixture plate is also shown within the open drawer for placement of customer parts.
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  • This photo shows the Model MD MiniDrawer ™ Cabinet with an integrated FANUC robot and the LR Mate controller shown mounted on the lower shelf. Customer parts are also shown within the Delrin plastic fixture plate in the opened drawer.
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  • This photo shows a custom end of arm tool mounted on a FANUC LRMate 200iD/7L robot as it approaches a drawer handle on the inside of a robot cell. The robot is preparing to open the drawer on the Model MD MiniDrawer ™ Cabinet to access a new set of raw parts for processing.
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  • This photo shows the Model MD MiniDrawer ™ Cabinet integrated with a FANUC LRMate 200iD/7L and mounted to a common skid. This is referred to as a Model MD7L machine tender. Main power and the air prep connection on shown on the left hand side of the drawer cabinet.
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  • This photo shows a front view of the Model MD MiniDrawer ™ Cabinet from the operator side. One of the drawers is open and includes a removable Delrin plastic fixture for customer parts. A FANUC LRMate 200iD/7L robot Teach Pendant is shown placed into a storage bracket on the top of the cabinet. The top of the cabinet may also be used for inspection processes or other operator functions as required.
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  • This photo shows the Model MD MiniDrawer ™ Cabinet integrated with a FANUC LRMate 200iD/7L and mounted to a common skid complete with Lexan/Aluminum cell guarding. This is referred to as a Model MD7L machine tender. This cell may be configured to tend one or two CNC machine tools, such as small lathes, mills or other similar machines.
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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

 

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
  • Lower shelf area may be used for mounting FANUC LRMate Controller

 

Options

Automated Cells can provide a fully integrated system with the MD MiniDrawer ™ including robot, end of arm tooling, safety fence and any other required peripheral equipment as well as training and startup assistance. The unit shown in the above pictures with an integrated FANUC LRMate 200iD/7L is our Model MD7 machine tender.

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