Modular machine tending system
- October 31, 2021
ABB has launched a new family of modular machine tending application cells for the metals industry.
The FlexLoader M range features six different versions that deliver a variety of ways of loading and unloading machines based on the size, shapes and amount of the workpieces being handled. ABB says this flexibility will be especially valuable for applications such as foundries and die casting operations producing multiple types of products in varying quantities.
“As customers demand greater variety and shorter delivery times, metals producers need to have a manufacturing process that can respond quickly and offer the flexibility to achieve high mix, low volume and batch size one production,” says Andrea Cassoni, managing director for business line General Industry for ABB Robotics.
“FlexLoader M is accelerating this move by providing a single unified machine tool tending platform offering the flexibility needed for handling a wide variety of production demands, whilst also improving productivity by eliminating the time, cost and disruption traditionally associated with production changes.”
To date two systems – Tray and Conveyor – have been released. Further variants are due for release over the coming months.
More on the ABB FlexLoader M system here.
And you can watch the launch video here.