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PALLETECH
High productivity automation system

Automation system with pallet transfer for higher productivity

  • Automatic pallet transfer with fixtures and workpieces for multi-product machining
  • Optimizing the machining schedule - shorten the idle time of machines and fixtures by simulation function
  • Highly reliable machines and systems, which enable improvement of the system operation rate

FLEXIBLE PALLETECH EXPANDABILITY

Flexible system expansion is available in response to changing production volume. Pallet stocker(s), loading station(s) and machines can be added in response to increased production requirements after the initial system installation.

       

Different model can be combined

Horizontal machining center, Simultaneous 5-axis machining center and multi tasking machine can be combined in one PELLETECH system.


MODULAR DESIGN

Pallet stocker

The rail for the loader and the chip pan are integrated with the pallet stocker in order to provide convenient system expansion. The PALLETECH HIGH RISE SYSTEM features a 2-level pallet stocker with a minimum floor space requirement.

Pallet loader

Pallets are transferred from the pallet stocker to the loading station and then to a machining center by the pallet loader. The pallet loader features high speed acceleration and positioning to eliminate non-productive pallet waiting time.

Loading station

The loading station is equipped with a safety door as standard equipment to maintain a safe working environment for the operator. The PALLETECH system can be equipped with up to maximum of 8 loading stations.


FMS control/ management software - unsurpassed ease of system operation to meet sudden changes in schedule.
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MAZATEC SMS
Mazak SMS with large capacity pallet stocker

  • Maximum 16 machines, 8 setup stations, 240 pallets
  • Flexible system length and height layout
  • Maximum 6 types of stocker sizes available to meet your production requirements
  • Stocker crane for high speed loading / unloading
  • Loading/ unloading station for material pallets also available.
  • Loading station allows access from two directions and area sensor for safety
  • Smooth PMC controller for convenient machining management
  • System integration with ERP available
  • Software for integration with other computer network available upon request.

 

SMOOTH PMC controller machining management system

Production data and status can be monitored using the SMOOTH PMC controller management system. Fixture pallet synchronized with material pallet at loading station also available.

 

MPP(MULTI PALLET POOL)
Compact multiple pallet stocker system


The MPP (MULTI PALLET POOL ) is a system to meet the increasing worldwide demand for automation. It is designed to provide high productivity for multiple variety, small lot production.  MOVIE
 


The operation and management of the MPP is performed by the same software used by the Mazak's FMS system, which is highly regarded worldwide for its ease of operation and high productivity   MORE
 


  • When compared to the PALLETECH system, the same amount of pallets can be stored in a smaller floor space.
  • 6, 12 and 18 pallet storage capacities are available.
6PC

 

3 pallets ×2 levels
(6 pallets +
1 loading station)
12PC

 

6 pallets ×2 levels
(12 pallets +
1 loading station)
18PC

 

6 pallets ×3 levels
(18 pallets +
1 loading station)
 
Workpiece specifications Pallet size Max. load* Max. workpiece size*
Diameter (A) × Height (B)
VARIAXIS i-600 □400 mm 300 kg Φ600 × 425 mm
VARIAXIS i-700 □500 mm 600 kg Φ730 × 500 mm
VARIAXIS i-700T Φ610 mm 600 kg Φ730 × 500 mm
VARIAXIS i-800 NEO □500 mm 700 kg Φ730 × 500 mm
VARIAXIS C-600 □500 mm 500 kg Φ730 × 450 mm (C110)*1
HCR-5000S □500 mm 500 kg Φ700 × 643.6 mm (R602)*2
  * : without pallet

 

 

  • When compared to the PALLETECH system, the same amount of pallets can be stored in a smaller floor space.
  • 10 and 16 pallet storage capacities are available.
10PC
5 pallets ×2 levels
(10 pallets +
1 loading station)
16PC
8 pallets ×2 levels
(16 pallets +
1 loading station)
 
Workpiece specifications Pallet size Max. load* Max. workpiece size*
Diameter (A) × Height (B)
HCN-4000 □400 mm 400 kg Φ630 × 900 mm
HCN-5000 □500 mm 700 kg Φ800 × 1000 mm
HCN-5000/50 □500 mm 700 kg Φ800 × 1000 mm
  * : without pallet

 

RCC
Management software for the robot cell


Dedicated management software for high-mix, low-volume production utilizing a robot ― operator can easily make the production schedule for extended periods of operation and check resources on the dedicated screen. [OPTION]

Functions to reduce automatic operation setup time

 

Resource check

  • Prevent missing items which will stop automatic operation
    Smooth RCC displays missing programs and tools thanks to resource check. During automatic operation, real-time tool simulation displays tools which have short remaining tool life to indicate which tools must be setup.

 

 

 

Robot setup assist

 

      
    • Fast and easy robot setup
      Automatically makes robot programs by inputting length of material, diameter and robot hand specification into the MAZATROL SmoothAi. For exceptional ease of operation, this conversational programming eliminates robot teaching.
     

TA (Turn Assist)
Automation system for turning centers without complicated robot teaching


Integrated system - hardware and software

Designed for safety and ease of operation

If entry of a person into the system area is detected while the robot is operating, its motion will decelerate and stop. Safety fence not required on system front and right side.

 
 

Automatic system operation

  • Automation from loading raw material to unloading finished workpieces
    Turn Assist consists of a robot, Parts stocker and Smooth TURN ASSIST (system software).
  • Stocker
  
  • Perform automatic operation over extended periods since the stocker can stack multiple levels of material and finished workpieces
 



Wide range of specifications to meet your requirements

       


 
Specifications TA-12/200 TA-20/270 TA-35/270
Material Max. material
diameter
Φ200 mm Φ270 mm Φ270 mm
Max. material
weight
7.0 kg (3.5 kg X 2) 14.0 kg (7.0 kg X 2) 26.0 kg (13.0 kg X 2)
Dimensions Width × Depth
× Height
1489 × 1460 × 2456mm 1920 × 1460 × 2456mm 1920 × 1460 × 2456mm
 
 

Shaft workpiece  TA-20/270, TA-35/270

  • Can load the shaft workpiece and unload the finished workpiece

    Comprised of a 4-jaw gripper for shaft workpiece, work stand for stocker and Smooth TURN ASSIST(system software)

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    Specification for shaft workpiece TA-20/270 TA-35/270
    Diameter Φ10 ∼ Φ80 mm
    Length 200 ∼ 800 mm
    Max. Weight 14 kg(Should not be unbalanced) 25 kg(Should not be unbalanced )
     
    Note : The maximum length of the material depends on the distance between centers, the door opening area, the chuck and jaws.
    Diameter difference between material and finished workpiece is within 18mm at the maximum.
    Please contact us for further information.
     
     

    Smooth TURN ASSIST (system software)

     By inputting raw material and finished workpiece data,
     Smooth TURN ASSIST prepares the robot for operation

    • Complete a workpiece setup in just 10 minutes

      The built-in CNC system software (Smooth TURN ASSIST) provides easy system setup without requiring an operator familiar with robots. Using the preset outer diameter, length, and machining quantity of the material and finished part instructions are displayed for 1) loading the stocker with material, 2) mounting the finished workpiece positioning support rod, and 3) mounting the robot hand chuck jaw. Setting the material height position is automatic.

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      System introduction

       TA can be installed in front of the machine and start operation immediately after being installed.

       
       

      Note : This system is compatible with machines equipped with MAZATROL SmoothG.
      (QUCIK TURN with SmoothC can be field-installed.)
      The following TA compatible optional equipment is required on the machine side.
      ・Spindle orientation
      ・Automatic door
      ・TA cable connection port
      ・Advanced robot interface(EtherNet/IP)

MA (MILL ASSIST)
Automation system for machining centers without complicated robot teaching


Higher productivity with easy operation

  • Multiple machines can be operated by one operator
  • Waiting time of an operator can be reduced by automatic operation
  • Automatic workpiece loading by a robot stables the quality of the finished parts
  • Easy and smooth setup by automatic operation software

 
Available workpiece dimension MA-20/400 MA-35/400
Width (X) 30 mm ~ 400 mm
Length (Y) 32 mm ~ 150 mm
Height (Z) 30 mm ~ 200 mm
Max. weight 14 kg (7.0kg × 2) 28 kg (14.0kg × 2)
 
 

Example

 Continuous automatic operation

 
 

Smooth MILL ASSIST (Automatic operation software of the robot system)

Software for conversational operation

  
  • Robot teaching is not required, and operation can be started by inputting shapes of raw materials and finished parts.
  • Easy setup by automatic operation
 

Note:This system is applicable for MAZATROL SmoothG.
The following optional equipment are required on a machine.

  • Automatic front door open/ close
  • Cable connection port for MA (Including air)
  • Preparation for fixture port (air or oil)
  • Robot interface advance (EtherNet I/P)
  • Safety cover*1
*1 : Not all the machine has safety cover.

Tool transport system
The tool transport system automatically transfers tools
from a central tool stocker directly to the tool magazines of machines in a system.


Tools are automatically delivered to machines based on the machining schedule in order that operation will not be stopped due to missing tools. The operator can load setup tools into the single central tool stocker which supplies tools to multiple machines in a system.
For convenient tool management, the Smooth PMC controller performs production simulation based on the current system load and machine status to forecast required tools and expired tools to be removed.
 

Example system

A unique tool can be automatically shared between multiple machines resulting in lower tooling expense.

Gantry Loader
Ease of workpiece transfer and loading/unloading

High speed, high accuracy workpiece transfer and loading / unloading for unmanned operation over extended periods of time. Different specification work loader hands and work conveyors are available for a wide range of Mazak machine tools.

CNC turning centers ・Multi-tasking machines


New Gantry Loader system with swing motion, lowering the machine height

  • Gantry Loader features a compact design with a unique structure, lowering the machine height.
  • Further reduces the work loading / unloading time.
  • The part conveyor can be integrated with multiple machines.
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    Applicable machines Gantry loader
    Multi-tasking machine
    INTEGREX i-H series
    GL-100 / GL-150 / GL-200 / GL-300 / GL-400 / GL-500


GL series for extended periods of automatic operation

  • High speed gantry loader ensures higher productivity
  • 2-pallet workpiece conveyor at front and rear allows setup of next job during machining of the current one
  • Wide variety of gantry loaders to meet your production requirements
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    Applicable machines Gantry loader
    CNC turning center
    MULTIPLEX W series
    GL-100 / GL-150 / GL-200 / GL-300 / GL-400
    Multi-tasking machine
    INTEGREX i
    series
    GL-50F / GL-75F / GL-100F / GL-150F / GL-200F /GL-300F / GL-400F / GL-500F

 

 

 


New gantry loader meets a variety of automation requirements

  • Flexible installation - conveyor can be located on machine right or left side, measurement equipment can be added and can connect 2 machines

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  • By adding automatic door and robot I/F, gantry loader can be field installed on QUICK TURNs
  • Different specification work loader hands and gantry loaders are available to meet a wide range of production requirements
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    Applicable machine Gantry loader
    CNC turning centers
    QUICK TURN series*
    QT-COMPACT series
    GL-30 / GL-50 / GL-100 / GL-150 / GL-200 / GL-300

    *Not available for the QUICK TURN 400,450 series


 

 

FF Horizontal machining center series

Compact production line with gantry loader

  • Designed for large volume production for automotive components
    -for the machining of components such as engine blocks and cylinder heads



TOOLTECH
Compact rack-type magazine with large storage capacity

Tools are organized according to tool length and diameter for high space efficiency.
The high speed tool loader carries tools to the automatic tool changer.

206 tools can be stored in approximately the same floor space as a 120 tool chain magazine.

Tool cart

  • Easy loading of tools into the tool cart that is directly inserted into the tool dock
  • Loading/unloading tools outside the magazine ensures safe setup operation
  • Convenient transportation by tool cart

Large tools

  • Large tools that normally require manual loading are handled by the automatic tool changer
  • Max. tool diameter Φ360 mm (Φ14.17"), max. tool length 1000 mm (39.37"), max. tool weight 40 kg (88 lbs), max. tool moment 80 N・m (59 ft・lbs)
  • 40 kg (88 lbs) tools can easily be loaded with the heavy tool fixture

Extensibility

  • 70 tools can be added by the 1260 mm (49.61") extension at the rear of the magazine
  • Designed for convenient system extension after the initial installation

SUPERFLOW coolant system
High-pressure coolant system for higher efficiency and productivity

  • While normal flood coolant may fail to reach the cutting zone, SUPERFLOW ensures direct delivery to the cutting edge, reducing temperatures and improving tools’ cutting action
  • SUPERFLOW helps to create small chips and efficiently evacuating them from the cut where chips are removed by the coolant resulting in extended tool life
  • SUPERFLOW prevents coolant vaporization by heat and delivers coolant directly between the tool and workpiece, improving lubrication, tool life and surface finish
  • Coolant pressure easily set by M-code (pressure range from 0 to 7.0 MPa)

Ez LOADER
Automated system with Cobot

 

Automated system with Cobot

Ez (Easy) operation, setup and custom

  • Cobot (collaborative robot) × vision sensor × software for Mazak machines
  • Applicable to Mazak small to middle size multi-tasking machines, CNC turning centers and vertical machining centers

 

 
Workpiece dimension
 - Round -
Ez LOADER 10Ez LOADER 20
Diameter Min. Φ50 mm ~ Max. Φ200 mm Min. Φ50 mm ~ Max. Φ200 mm
Length Min. 25 mm ~ Max. 100 mm Min. 25 mm ~ Max. 100 mm
Max. weight 5.0 kg 10.0 kg
 
 
Workpiece dimension
 - Square -
Ez LOADER 10
Length Min. 20 mm ~ Max. 100 mm  
Width Min. 30 mm ~ Max. 150 mm  
Height Min. 15 mm ~ Max. 100 mm 
Max. weight   5.0 kg  
 
 

Ez Operation

 Minimum number of steps required to get the system running.

Automatic operation is available by placing workpieces on the pallet. Ez LOADER 10 can be adapted to suit various factory layout to fit your production style.

Three template positions of workpiece placement

 
 

Ez Setup

 Only 15 minutes required for system setup

Once the Ez LOADER 10 is connected to a machine, it automatically recognizes the machine model. The robot position is automatically adjusted to the right position by reading three position markers on a machine with the vision sensor.

 
 

Ez Custom

 Easy to create an original motion / operation of the cobot

The operation program is easily created by the direct teaching function of the robot and the Mazak machine operation command icons.