NEED: QSI customer required a fully automated solution for the loading and unloading of machining centers with varying size range of forgings.
SOLUTION: QSI partnered with Fanuc Robotics to provide a vision guided robotic solution. Forged parts are bulk fed into an elevating hopper system that presents parts to a flat belt conveyor. QSI used the Fanuc iRVision system to locate the forgings on the conveyor and guide the 6-Axis robot to pick up the parts. The robot then moves to the machine tool, unloads the finished part and inserts the next part for machining. QSI typically uses a dual gripper configuration to allow almost simultaneous part load and unload to be used in production for the fully-automatic machining of a multitude of forgings or castings. Interchangeable gripper tooling and automatic program/ vision changes allow the robot to operate over a large range of part sizes. The cell is safeguarded by means of a sophisticated door safety system.