Robotic system for routing polymeric parts

  • 19-Jun-2008 07:58 EDT
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Each KMT RT-1002 robotic routing system comes with a wall-mounted, six-axis KMT AccuTrim R-44 robot, its R-30iA robot controller, and a Fanuc iPendant color teach pendant.

KMT Robotic Solutions says its new RoboTrim RT-1002 robotic routing system provides reduced cycle times for trimming thermoformed, injection molded, and rotationally molded parts. Using TrimPro and CamPro CADCAM software, users can create programs offline, build virtual work cells, and simulate and optimize the cycle times of existing cells without building a prototype or bringing the system out of the production line.

The RT-1002 is the latest addition to KMT’s range of turnkey robotic router trimming systems and trims parts 50% faster than traditional five-axis CNC systems, while offering enhanced trimming flexibility, cost savings, and increased uptime and safety, claims the company. The system features a KMT AccuTrim R-44 robot mounted inside a closed steel enclosure with built-in safety devices. A single-ended, 3-hp (2.2-kW) fan cooled spindle is mounted to the end of the robot. The router’s two-sided rotating table has a 455-kg (1003-lb) part and fixture capacity and can rotate 915 x 1524-mm (36 x 60-in) parts into and out of the cell in less than 3 s, allowing finished parts to be safely unloaded by the operator while unfinished parts are being trimmed inside the cell.

Application-specific software tools such as KMT’s RouterWare reduces the time it takes to develop and adjust part programs. If problems arise, Fanuc’s Collision Guard software will protect the robot and tooling in the event of a collision, and KMT’s Remote Administration package enables KMT System Technicians to troubleshoot issues via a phone line or ethernet connection.

The RT-1002 can be customized to meet manufacturers’ specific trimming needs. Adding a second robot or the automatic tool change option will reduce cycle time and add greater part size and trimming flexibility. KMT’s patented compliant knife can be incorporated into the tool change system to turn the RT-1002 from a router trimming solution into a deflashing cell. The RouterVac high-volume vacuum system improves part quality by holding the part securely to the fixture and removing chips from the trimming area.

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