Automated machines are crucial components of a digital factory and are therefore an integral part of Industry 4.0. DMG MORI is the pioneer of digitalisation in machine tool construction, and considers automation to be a core topic. One in four new machines from DMG MORI is already provided with an automation solution. In future every machine shall be fitted with automation on the basis of a modular system.
The product range consists of the proven PH 150 pallet handling system, which will be shown at Metalloobrabotka in combination with a DMU 50 and a DMU 50 ecoline produced in Russia at Ulyanovsk MT, the RS 3 rotary pallet magazine and the WH 3 workpiece handling system, as well as the newly developed, flexible GX gantry loader in the VERTICO design.
- An intelligent combination of the machine tool and the automation solution
- Automation solutions for all DMG MORI machines
- Production plants supply the machine and the automation system from a single source
- Hardware and software – perfectly coordinated
- The range of services extends from standard automation and customer-specific automation solutions to turnkey solutions
- Over 2,000 machines with automation supplied already
- Increase in cost effectiveness, quality and flexibility
Future-proof automation – ex works and from a single source
Automated machine tools as part of future-oriented production guarantee users a high degree of competitiveness. This is precisely why DMG MORI has helped its customers to create the best possible automation solution for every application. The reasons for automation are as diverse as the possible automation solutions. Cost effectiveness, flexibility and reliability are just three examples of the possible benefits. Only an automation solution has a higher level of repeat accuracy than any manual workpiece clamping and unclamping operation. The introduction of automation solutions requires extensive planning following an initial needs assessment. At DMG MORI, this will be carried out in future in the relevant production plants by specialised contacts. In Russia engineering departments at Ulyanovsk MT and the Moscow Technology and Solutions Centre develop individual automation solutions for their customers.
A solution promised for all applications
The machine tool manufacturer is achieving its goal of enabling automation solutions for each and every DMG MORI machine with a wide range of pallet and workpiece handling systems. DMG MORI showed this extensive portfolio of products in the new, uniform VERTICO design at the EMO 2017. The long-proven standard automation systems include the RS 3 rotary magazine solution, PH 150 pallet handling system, and the WH 3 workpiece handling system. PH 150 pallet handling system which will be shown at Metalloobrabotka in combination with a DMU 50 5-axis and DMU 50 ecoline machines made in Russia also demonstrates the future oriented focus of Ulyanovsk Machine Tool to encompass automation solutions. The PH 150 offers space for up to 24 pallets. The maximum pallet size is ø 500 x 500 mm with a workpiece weight of up to 250 kg and is also suitable for locally produced DMC V ecoline machines.
Combining the CTX 310 ecoline with the flexible, high-speed 6-axis robot for workpiece handling with a payload of up to 12 kg Ulyanovsk MT contributes to the productivity development. The solution ensures good maintainability such as simplifying the robot teaching operation or eliminating the cable disconnection problems as well as reduced interference area between jigs and workpieces due to streamlined structure of the multi-purpose applicable robot.
DMG MORI is supplementing its wide range of standard automation systems with application-specific solutions, which can be individually tailored to customers’ needs with the aid of robots. These are turnkey offers which link any number of machines and process-supporting work steps to one another. The integral range of services extends from planning and simulation, to the final handover of the turnkey complete system.
A uniform VERTICO design for all automation solutions
The vertically aligned perforated plates are what give the new VERTICO design from DMG MORI its name. With an unmistakeable and independent triangular perforated plate pattern, the design can be used on all automation solutions and is suitable for both machines with a premium design and models with a stealth design. The CI strip with the inscription DMG MORI AUTOMATION perfectly underlines the fact that the machine and the automation system for the customer are always one complete solution from DMG MORI.
A single contact from start to finish
The fact that automation solutions will in future be designed and implemented in the supply plants is beneficial for customers. DMG MORI supplies the automation solution from a single source. In other words, in each and every plant, there is a single automation specialist who is responsible for the customer project from start to finish. Within a matter of days of a customer making a request, the specialist visits the customer, creates a customer-specific solution with his team of experts, and coordinates all the other steps as the customer’s single point of contact.
The extensive support provided during the automation solution purchase process ranges from selecting the ideal products and installation, to issues relating to the 24-month guarantee and service matters. Management of the entire project by a single automation specialist reduces unnecessary interfaces and cuts costs too.
A key element of Industry 4.0
With the “Path of Digitization”, DMG MORI is pushing digitalisation in machine tool construction forwards. One key component in this regard is the automation of machine tools. The CNC technology must be directly integrated into a networked production environment. In this situation, operators only have to monitor and manage operations, while the machines independently work through the orders according to their priority. And, as he adds, it is precisely this aspect that characterises a digital factory: The necessary components are completely machined – automatically and at the push of a button.
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