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Delcam to Show Latest in Machining with Robots at JEC Europe 2014

04 March 2014

Delcam says it will show its PowerMILL Robot CAM system at the JEC Europe.

According to Delcam, machines programmed with its PowerMILL Robot are already used extensively in the marine, aerospace, rail and wind energy sectors of the composites industry for the manufacture of models, patterns, moulds and fixtures for component manufacture, and for the finish machining of composite parts. 

The company explains that robots can be extremely cost-effective for the production of larger items of tooling, and for the trimming and drilling of composite panels. The working area can be extended with linear tracks and rotary tables for even greater flexibility over the size and types of parts that can be manufactured.

PowerMILL Robot, Delcam claim, makes it as easy to programme a robot for machining as it is to programme a five-axis machine tool.  Users also have access to the comprehensive range of multi-axis machining strategies within PowerMILL and can use all the system’s project management options to manage, store and retrieve data quickly and easily.

The core functionality of PowerMILL Robot consists of three main steps; programming, simulation (including analysis) and creation of the robot programmes.

Delcam state that PowerMILL Robot can be used to simulate the complete machining operation and to control the robot’s movements through different variables, such as axis limits, axis priorities and workplane constraints. Various aspects within the configuration of the robot cell, such as axis limits, tool constraints and home position, can be defined, and the simulation of the robot completed within those constraints.

According to Delcam, the robot’s working envelope can be displayed to optimise the position of the part or initial stock, and so give maximum access to the material.  The maximum range of movements required of each axis can be viewed to analyse the robot’s behaviour and movements throughout the operation.

The company states that, once the results of the simulation have been reviewed, and modified if necessary, the programme can be output in the appropriate robot native language, for example for KUKA, ABB, Fanuc, Yaskawa Motoman or Stäubli equipment, eliminating any need for third-party translation software. 

Delcam will be exhibiting at stand S67





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