Expert's Desk: Acieta

by Chris Hall on October 3, 2016 From Ask The Experts


Eliminate Measurement Bottlenecks with the Lean Machine (LM) Gen-2 from Acieta Productivity and reliability keep CMM operations profitable. Bottlenecks caused by stalled machines, human error and inconsistency can increase the cost per part. To stay ahead in a competitive industry, automotive parts manufacturers need to deliver perfect, high-quality parts on time and on budget. To meet these objectives, a state-of-the-art robotic system can allow operators to stay focused on quality and throughput instead of expensive distractions like unplanned maintenance and manual operations.

To maximize productivity and profitability, the Acieta LM Gen-2 robotic cell provides a complete system in a self-contained unit that has greater capabilities to handle a variety of jobs. Compared to a manual operation, the LM Gen-2 robotic cell can increase CMM utilization by at least 30 percent, offering a potential for return on investment in less than two years.

More Efficient Labor

An operator is not needed to load and unload the CMM using the LM Gen-2 robotic cell. The self-contained system runs unattended, freeing up staff to manage other important tasks. In fact, the cell can run continually on nights and weekends without supervision. A built-in drawer system on the LM Gen-2 allows parts to be introduced to the CMM in a specific order. That order can be tied to bar code information on the part so the CMM data is tied to a specific part, for easy traceability and data-driven decision making. The draw system adds confidence that 100% of the parts are to spec and done most efficiently and profitably. By eliminating the potential for human error, the LM Gen-2 robotic cell produces consistent quality parts that pass inspection.

The LM Gen-2 system’s versatile PC-based HMI can interface to nearly any kind of equipment, and the icon-based controls are simple to use, operators don’t need robotics experience to run the system. The operations are simplified by eliminating the need for the operator to manipulate the robot, enter machine orders on the teach pendant or recover from simple alarms. The icon based interface display provides easy-to-read status of the current manufacturing process so operators can monitor progress.

For further versatility, dual grippers are available to enable the robot to pick up and load either puck- or shaft-style parts. 

Getting More Done

The LM Gen-2 system has a small footprint with variable reach to handle a variety of tasks. The portable system has built-in fork pockets so it can be easily moved between production lines as needed, reducing downtime during changeovers.
To further reduce downtime, two to four shelves are available with rear access to allow for loading and unloading while the automated cell continues to operate.

The system is equipped with a FANUC M-10iC 12kg-payload, six-axis robot.The FANUC R30iC controller comes standard with advanced software features, including Ethernet/IP scanner software, speed control, collision guard pack, motion interface and 4D graphics.

A durable, rigid frame housing the robot, controls and Acieta-exclusive three-position material shelves (operator load/unload,Acieta-Robotic-Cell-with-Shop-Floor-Coordinate-Measuring-Machine center, robot load/unload) combined with a robust safety laser, eliminates the need for safety fencing, providing better machine access for maintenance or manual machine use. The laser automatically slows the robot when entering the outer safety perimeter and stops the robot when entering the inner safety perimeter. 

For especially rugged conditions, the Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence 7.10.7 SF Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) can be integrated with Acieta’s LM Gen-2 robotic cell to unify production and quality processes, enabling a smarter, fully informed manufacturing process.

To streamline the CMM process, using the Acieta LM Gen-2 robotic cell will reduce labor costs, increase productivity by as much as 30 percent or more, and improve overall CMM utilization. Such an investment can pay for itself in less than two years and give a parts manufacturer a leg up against the competition.

Chris Hall

With more than two decades of experience in metal forming and industrial manufacturing, Chris has helped companies in various industries across North America optimize their applications. He gains first-hand knowledge of manufacturers’ needs and industry trends by working directly with customers in the field for troubleshooting and programming.