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Three CubeBOX Machine Loading Robotic Automation Solutions Launched at EMO

Tezmaksan, a leading European manufacturer of robotics and automation, has launched three new iterations of its innovative CubeBOX system at EMO Hannover 2023. The CUBEBOX CNC automation system is a revolutionary robotic automation solution designed to enhance manufacturing processes and reduce operator involvement in machine tending.

The CubeBOX Space Cabinet model variant boasts three drawers for holding product which is unloaded using a 6-axis robot. Using this system, an operator does not have to regularly restock the system. When restocking is necessary, the CubeBOX Space Cabinet’s ergonomic design allows drawers to be rolled into a reachable position for easy parts supply.

With its ability to work non-stop, easy integration with various CNC machines and inspection cells, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility, the CUBEBOX system empowers manufacturers to increase productivity, reduce downtime, and stay competitive in the ever-evolving industrial automated landscape.

“Automating the loading and unloading of CNC machines can have significant financial, efficiency and productivity rewards,” explained Hakan Aydogdu, general manager at Tezmaksan. “CNC machining requires high precision and accuracy and improper loading and unloading can result in misalignment or damage to the workpiece — that is not to mention the time dedication required for physically handling parts. Another consideration is operator skill and availability,” Aydogdu added. “CNC machines are designed for continuous operation, so minimising downtime by reducing operator reliance is crucial.”

Among the launches at EMO was the CubeBOX Pallet Pool. The system is used for automation of CNC machining centres with limited floor space and can manage up to 24 pallets and 16 tools with just one unit. Pallets are arranged in a compact circle in front of the machine, using a 6-axis robot to load and unload into the system. The equipment significantly reduces reliance on operators for loading and unloading and can enable up to 24-hour operator free operation. Other demonstrations include the CubeBOX RT Stacker (RT-S). The RT-S is suitable for lathes and vertical machining centres. The system uses two pallets for part loading and can tend one or two CNC machines. A key advantage of this model is the ability to stack two pallets on top of each other, enabling higher throughput without an increased factory footprint.

Benefits of CUBEBOX CNC automation systems include:

Continuous Operation and Efficiency: Offering 24 hours operator-free operation, the core advantage of the CUBEBOX system lies in its ability to work non-stop. Ensuring uninterrupted production even during night shifts, this continuous operation leads to a remarkable 50 per cent increase in night shift efficiency compared to traditional setups that rely heavily on manual labour for CNC machine tending. Manufacturers can now maximize their production output, resulting in higher productivity and reduced lead times.

Compatibility and Standard Design: The CUBEBOX system’s standard design makes it compatible with all CNC machines available on the market, including all types of CNC lathes, machining centres and grinding machines. Regardless of the brand or type of control unit, the CUBEBOX system seamlessly integrates with the existing robot operations, eliminating the need for extensive modifications or customizations. This compatibility feature simplifies the implementation process and minimizes downtime during the installation phase.

Cost-Effectiveness: In comparison to company-specific robot systems, the CUBEBOX system proves to be an economical choice. With a price tag 20 per cent lower than its counterparts, manufacturers can enjoy the benefits of advanced automation without breaking the bank. Moreover, the system’s quick commissioning, which takes just one day, reduces additional expenses associated with prolonged setup periods.

Easy Part Exchange: Traditionally, the exchange of robot parts in a system required expert knowledge of robot programming, leading to prolonged changeover times and dependency on skilled personnel. The CUBEBOX system changes this paradigm with its user-friendly interface that allows operators to exchange parts effortlessly without any prior knowledge of robot programming. Fast loading and unloading of the workpieces, enhances flexibility and agility in the production process, enabling quick adaptation to changing production requirements.

Hassle Free Robot Programming: The foundation of all CubeBOX systems is RoboCAM, the intelligent automation software also developed by Tezmaksan. With RoboCAM, operators can effortlessly integrate CubeBOX with any compatible robot, eliminating the need for prior robot programming expertise. By simply uploading product drawings, RoboCAM translates them into a robot-friendly language, enabling seamless communication and execution of tasks.

Flexible Structure and Mobility

The CUBEBOX system boasts a flexible structure that enables easy transportation between different machines within the factory. This mobility ensures optimal utilization of the system across various workstations, eliminating the need for separate robotic setups for each machine. The system’s versatility empowers manufacturers to streamline their production floor efficiently, optimizing resource allocation and floor space.

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