This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Open interfaces combine robotics and CNC in shop floor applications

08 September 2008

With the standardised and open interfaces of the Sinumerik 840D sl control, Siemens enables simple integration of robots into the shop floor area. Users of machine tools can use this to convert flexibly to automatic or series production in addition to standard tasks. Thanks to automated operation in loading machines with robots, for example, machine tools can also be used in non-working shifts, improving their utilization.

Sinumerik 840D sl
Sinumerik 840D sl

The economic necessity for higher machine utilisation with simultaneous flexible change between customised production and automated series production are challenges faced by suppliers in the shop floor area. With the open interfaces of the Sinumerik 840D sl machine tool control, users can easily integrate auxiliary robots and can thus flexibly switch from operator-prompted production operation to automated series production during non-working shifts. The interface of the 840D sl is standardised, can be used immediately, and allows the connection of a host of industrial robots.

Industrial robots can be used for different additional tasks including loading operations, cutting, welding, or surface machining. By using robots for loading/unloading, machines can be better utilised and also operated during non-working shifts at night or at weekends. If the robot handles other additional tasks in machining, this reduces the overall cycle time and simultaneously increases production quality. The open interfaces of the Sinumerik 840D sl can be used to connect not only automatic lathes, milling machines and grinding machines to industrial robots, but also every other machine tool. One robot can also be used for several machines. This increases utilisation, reduces the ROI of a machine, and secures the competitiveness above all of medium-sized production companies.

Operator-prompted production and automated series production are both based on the operating and programming tools ShopMill and ShopTurn. With these tools, machines can be configured, and the workpieces can be programmed via a graphical user interface. The changeover to automated series production is carried out in just a few steps. Siemens will present the integration of industrial robots in the area of shop floor production at the AMB exposition using the example of a Motoman robot.

You can find more information at www.siemens.de/sinumerik


Contact Details and Archive...

Related Articles...

Most Viewed Articles...

Print this page | E-mail this page