Robotic Machining of Aluminium Profiles
The added-value department of an aluminium extruder required more flexible access to machine around a profile.
Historically the CNC operator was required to manually machine separate faces and re-align a work piece after repositioning.
After extensive brainstorming, simulation and proof of concept testing, TPS advocated a robotic CNC system as a more cost effective and flexible machining solution.
Successfully designing, engineering and delivering this highly advanced machine required the combined knowledge, expertise and technologies from leading solution providers.
NHP Electrical Engineering (NHP), a Rockwell Automation Authorised Distributor, was commissioned to provide product selection assistance, engineering design and technical support.
TPS's senior system engineer, Daniel Orchard worked with NHP's automation application engineers, David Kenney and Paul Jones to select the appropriate hardware, which offered the integration capability required to meet the application.
This particular project required specialised velocity control and positional requirements, which set the parameters for the brief given to NHP motion experts.
“NHP's calculation software for correct gear ratio, servo and drive specified for us exactly what we needed and the end result is very good,” said Orchard.
Allen-Bradley CompactLogix™ was specified as an integrating standard and motion controller for the final cut to length saw system, acting as a gateway and supervisory control system for multi peripheral devices; A key feature of this controller is that it offers a common control engine in a development environment for a scalable solution.