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MT Series Integrated

The ACE Model MT series Robotic Machine Tending system provides an automated method for loading into and out of virtually any machine tool. A unique drawer system is utilized for parts storage whereby customer supplied fixtures are placed in the drawers, providing consent part locations for robotic unload.  More information about the MT Series Drawer Cabinet.

 

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 a front left side view of the Model MT Series Integrated Machine Tender. Note: An integrated robot base with fork truck pockets provides ease of relocation of the robot and MT Series Drawer Cabinet. Two sizes are available with the MT Series Integrated, a Model MT10D with a 10kg robot and a Model MT20D version with a 20Kg or 35Kg payload robot.
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  • This photo shows a typical dual end of arm tool for the Model MT Series Integrated Machine Tender. Note: The included drawer hook on the end of arm tooling enables the opening and closing of the MT Series Drawers. Dual grippers also provide quick “In-the-Door” time for machine load/unload.
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  • This photo shows a front left view of the Model MT Series Integrated Machine Tender. Note: The MT Series Drawer Cabinet includes 3 Drawers (4 Drawers are an available option) with a large 48” W x 24” D x 6” H part fixture area.
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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
  • Tabletop provides convenient place for inspection of parts after processing
  • Integral fork pockets provide easy relocation of drawer cabinet
  • Quick installation and commissioning of system

 

Features

  • Compact size
  • Integrated Fork Pockets
  • Integrated galvanized drip tray
  • 48” W x 24” D x 6” H fixture area (5” H on 4 Drawer units)
  • 250 lb capacity per drawer (parts and fixture plate)
  • 3-position drawer locking (robot, mid and operator)
  • Drawer position sensors are collected and tied into an Ethernet IP distribution block
  • 3 or 4 drawer units available

 

Options

Automated Cells can provide a fully integrated system with the MT Series Robotic Drawer including robot, end of arm tooling, safety fence and any other required peripheral equipment as well as training and startup assistance.

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