Automated machines are crucial components of a digital factory and are an integral part of Industry 4.0 and DMG MORI considers automation to be a strategic future-orientated field. The latest examples of DMG MORI’s automation expertise are the Robo2Go 2nd Generation for flexible workpiece handling on lathes and the wide range of pallet handling systems; a PH 150 with up to 12 pallets and a maximum load capacity of 250kg on a DMU 65 monoBLOCK; and a DMU 85 monoBLOCK with the new PH 400. Both palette handling systems are a part of the DMG MORI automation portfolio, which includes a total of 50 solutions in the area of workpiece and pallet handling systems. The latter are additionally divided into linear and rotary magazine systems, whereby the workpiece handling systems are available in robot or portal loading variations.
With an integral approach, joint venture DMG MORI HEITEC considers itself to be a supplier of modular, perfectly coordinated automation solutions. DMG MORI HEITEC supports DMG MORI in the development and realization of flexible automation solutions, such as workpiece handling. The automation expertise for pallet handling is directly integrated into the production plants of DMG MORI. The interplay between engineering from the DMG MORI production plants and automation expertise on the part of DMG MORI HEITEC provides the user with a customized, integrated, and reliable solution – and everything from a single source.
“In essence, we implement modular manufacturing cells and systems on the basis of a building block system, which allows them to be individually set up and customized,” explains Kai Lenfert, joint managing director of DMG MORI HEITEC GmbH together with Markus Rehm.
This is a decisive factor, particularly for small and medium-sized companies. It is also about incorporating important implications of automation throughout the entire production process.
“A customer that develops an automated system for unmanned nightshift must also be capable of making available the required resources beforehand and during further processing,” Lenfert says.
The more complex the task, the more detailed the planning needs to be for the system and, above all, integrated into value creation.
Integral overview with digital engineering
Due to the direct interaction with the DMG MORI plants, DMG MORI HEITEC can plan and optimize every automation project based on virtual mapping and in real time. Digital engineering with the depiction of real plants and machines through the digital twin and the analytical predictability of events are seen by DMG MORI HEITEC as an important building block for networked and intelligent production. Even specific component programs can be run virtually for the customers prior to installation, creating a high degree of investment security, guaranteeing fast installation, commissioning, and production start, and cycle times can be reduced by up to 80%. Equipped with knowledge from the virtual results of the digital engineering, customers can precisely asses during the decision-making phase how the system will affect the process chain and what the company may potentially need to do to guarantee efficient operation of the system and its entire production process.
Robo2Go 2nd Generation: flexible automation, simply programmed
With the new second generation of the Robo2Go, DMG MORI offers innovation from its automation portfolio. It can be operated on the CLX and CLX series turning centers as well as the turn & mill complete machining centers from the CTX TC series. The flexible robot automation is easy to operate via new software. The processes can be directly created with the Robo2Go 2nd Generation based on predefined program modules and even without any knowledge of robot programming. Teaching a new workpiece takes less than 5 minutes, making the Robo2Go 2nd Generation an ideal and flexible solution for small and medium-sized batches.