Adaptec created a compact machining cell serviced by a robot that tends multiple mills. Raw parts are loaded into a MiniDrawer system by an operator and oriented so that fixture pins engage the parts. An HMI button is pressed to confirm part loading is complete and starts the system. The robot opens the top drawer and picks a raw part, moving to the steam nozzle to clean the threads.
Next, the robot places the part into a New Vista thread check station, where the part is inspected for proper threading. Once the thread check is complete, the robot receives a pass or fail signal. Failed parts go to a dedicated reject chute. The robot will pick up good parts and load them into the next available mill.