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Keywords System 3R, Robots, Automation, Engineering
System 3R launched its new WorkMaster robot recently at MACH 2000 bringing, it believes, an important new dimension to UK engineering automation. This versatile robot (Plate 8) can reportedly serve two different types of machines simultaneously and can be programmed for fast, effective random selection and loading, making reliable round-the-clock production even more efficient and economical.
Plate 8 UK launch at MACH 2000 – new WorkMaster robot from System 3R
WorkMaster is thought to be an entirely new concept for managing workpieces and tools. It has a separate changer unit to handle both small and large pallets from System 3R's broad product range. The changer can be fitted with one or more rotary magazines or multi-rack bookshelf type magazines.
Described as compact and robust, System 3R's WorkMaster is said to be built for tough, repetitive work. It is 2,300mm high, 1,200mm wide and 400mm deep, and so stands conveniently between two machines which it can easily reach within its 300 swivel range. Its vertical movement capability of 1,400mm means the robot can handle relatively large workholding pallets, well within its horizontal movement of 950mm.
WorkMaster handles pallets from Ø25mm to 280 280mm, weighing up to 130kg, and can be upgraded with ID systems and software from System 3R that allow chaotic loading of the magazines.
WorkMaster's modular design is thought to be ideally suited to engineering companies which want to begin automating their production on a small scale, for example, starting with the changer unit and a single bookshelf to load the machine. Then other elements can be added as demand increases.
According to System 3R WorkMaster can be easily tailored to any company's optional configurations in order to meet their specific needs. For example, a changer unit with several magazines can serve both a milling machine and an EDM machine. So this provides maximum flexibility.
Details available from System 3R (UK) Ltd. Tel:+44 (0) 1844 274455; Fax: +44 (0) 1844 348800.