15 October 2006
15 October 2006
Robotic Production Technology will showcase its new RoboTrim RT-500 router trimming system and demonstrate its material handling, AccuFind part variation sensing and software abilities at Composites & Polycon 2006.
RPT will also demonstrate capability to take a milling program generated off-line in MasterCAM CAD/CAM software and load this program directly to the FANUC robot controller for execution by the robot. They say that this milling capability should be of interest to composite manufacturers for cost effective mould making to speed prototyping and product development.
“The RoboTrim RT-500 system provides manufacturers with the ability to trim 60” x 60” x 60” parts with the flexibility of a 6-axis robot. This system was specifically designed to trim large composite, thermoformed, injection-moulded, blow-moulded, and rotational moulded parts,” said Paul Schuch, RPT Routing System Sales Manager.
The system consists of a servo-controlled rotating table, safety enclosure with automatic sliding front doors and safety equipment, a 6-axis RPT AccuTrim R-110 robot equipped with a 10 HP spindle, automatic tool change capabilities, FANUC’s R-J3iC controller and RPT’s RouterWare and System Calibration Tools software.
RPT will also showcase RPT’s AccuFind sensor, which locates critical features in parts prone to shrinkage or parts that are difficult to fixture in a repeatable manner for trimming. This allows the robotic system to automatically detect variation part to part and to accommodate that variance as the part is trimmed.
“This RPT RoboTrim RT-500 system on display at Composites & Polycon 2006 is just one of the pre-engineered system solutions we’ve developed to help our customers be more competitive,” said Chuck Russo, RPT CEO. “We have focused on meeting the needs of composite manufacturers, developing and delivering a family of pre-engineered systems that can handle parts sizes up to 2’ x 2’ in incremental sizes up to 5’ x 12’ parts and also to very large parts such as industrial truck hoods, aerospace components and marine products. We’re looking forward to showcasing our trimming and software capabilities at this important event.”
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