Mazak launches entry level automation cell for turning applications

QUICK TURN 250MYYamazaki Mazak has unveiled a new ‘plug and play’ turning centre and robotic machine tending solution for the subcontract market, the QUICK TURN 250MY and TA-12. 

Ideal for applications that require lights-out unmanned running overnight or at weekends, both the machine tool and the robot are controlled from the Mazak SmoothG CNC, which provides a seamless interface and extremely fast set-up.

The centre piece of the TA-12 automation solution is a FANUC M-10iA/12 robot, which is one of the fastest handling robots in its class. Ideal for the pick, place and machine tending demands of the TA-12 cell, the robot has a reach of 1420mm and is capable of moving a maximum payload of 12kg.

Benefitting from very high axis speeds and acceleration, the slim 6-axis wrist design promotes easy access and straightforward integration into the compact TA-12 work cell, and is equipped with separate grippers for loading and unloading. Internal cable routing through the arm and wrist extends cable life and prevents the risk of cable interference, while sealed bearings and brushless maintenance-free AC motors provide protection and improved reliability for long operational lives and minimum downtime.

A peripheral laser scanner is built into the cell to ensure the robotic arm will immediately pause if an operator comes within a set proximity of the cell during operation. The cell also benefits from a unique workpiece stacking principle which utilises interchangeable workpiece support pillars, with layout and set-up guided by a GUI (Graphical User Interface), which is also integrated into the SmoothG CNC.

With Industry 4.0 being central to Mazak’s R&D process for the TA-12 solution, the ease of integration between machine tool and robotic automation – all controlled via SMOOTH Technology – is a perfect example of how Mazak can deliver turnkey solutions to shorten lead times and lower indirect labour costs.