‘Exciting step up’ as FANUC expands drilling tech with new Robodrill series

Thursday, January 18, 2018

FANUC has launched its latest ROBODRILL series.

The a-DiB5 series represents its latest automated vertical machining technology for milling, drilling and tapping applications, incorporating network interface, preventative maintenance and machine learning capabilities, alongside FANUC’s industry-leading CNC drives and servos.

The range includes six re-designed models in small, medium and large sizes, with standard or advanced functionality available. The series is suitable for both short production runs and mass production.

“The launch of our latest range for ROBODRILL is an exciting step-up for FANUC’s automated vertical machining capabilities. As well as incorporating the high-repeatability and accuracy for which FANUC is widely recognised, this series offers unprecedented capabilities within Industry 4.0 and machine tending,” explained Andrew Armstrong, Marketing Manager at FANUC UK.

“As standard, FANUC’s latest ROBODRILL range also comes equipped with intelligent cutting capabilities, allowing all models to achieve the same results as more powerful machines, in less time.”

The likelihood of machine faults or unexpected downtime is reduced, thanks to the ROBODRILL’s rugged cast cross table, dynamic BBT30 spindle (with speeds between 10,000 and 24,000 rpm), and multiple swarf evacuation options. Each a-DiB5 machine is designed for minimal maintenance, thanks to a robust build quality, low number of parts, and a turret capable of handling tools of up to 4kg.

The range can achieve cut-to-cut speeds of 1.3 seconds for the advanced models and 1.5 seconds for standard. The advanced model also holds the quickest tool change time on the market, taking 0.7 seconds to change between up to 21 different tools.

Armstrong added: “The a-DiB5 series offers manufacturers and subcontractors unprecedented access to high-speed, reliable and accurate automated production. You don’t need to compromise on floor space either: machining can be spread across several ROBODRILLs, instead of relying on a dedicated transfer machine. Its high-quality finishing capabilities also mean that no additional machining centres are required.”

The a-DiB5 series integrates Industry 4.0-compatible software for 24-hour, unmanned machining. The ROBODRILL communicates easily with FANUC robots for machine tending, while preventative maintenance and AI capabilities warn of and, in some cases, prevent, potential issues before they occur.

Linki, FANUC’s production management software, allows the seamless capture of productions data, operations results, status monitoring and diagnostics.

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