Saturday, June 15, 2024

Turn-Assist : A Semi-Collaborative System For Lathe Automation

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Method Machine Tools’ launches Turn-Assist 200i and 270i automation systems for Nakamura-Tome turning centers.

Method Machine Tools, a high precision CNC machines and tools supplier, has released the Turn-Assist 200i and 270i from RoboJob as its first, end-to-end standard automation system for Nakamura-Tome turning centers.

Turn Assist is a semi-collaborative system developed for lathe automation. The product comes with a simple tablet-style HMI and standard Ethernet IP interface allows shops to change over from one part to another within minutes.

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Turn Assist by Robojob. | Credit : Robojob

“By pairing the Turn-Assist from RoboJob with Nakamura-Tome, we have created a unique automation solution for high-mix/low-volume and/or mid-volume with frequent changeovers on round workpieces often associated with Nakamura lathes,” said Zach Spencer, Methods’ Automation Manager.


  • Available Part Diameters

    200i/M10: 25mm (0.98 in.) – 200mm (7.87 in.)
    270i/M25: 25mm (0.98 in.) – 270mm (10.63 in.)

  • Available Part Lengths

    200i/M10: 5mm (0.20 in.) – 200mm (7.87 in.)
    270i/M25: 5mm (0.20 in.) – 250mm (9.84 in.)

  • Maximum Stacking Height

    200i/M10: 350mm (13.7 in.)
    270i/M25: 350mm (13.7 in.)

  • Maximum Stacking Weight

    200i/M10: (2x) 300 kg (660 lbs)
    270i/M25: (2x) 450 kg (990 lbs)

  • Maximum Robot Carrying Weight

    200i/M10: 7 kg (15 lbs)
    270i/M25: 19 kg (41 lbs)

It features open floor setup with area sensors to maximize operator safety and accessibility. a pre-programmable FANUC robot loads blanks and unloads finished parts from the stocking table. Options are available that allow the robot to process shafts, rotate parts, and interface with a bar-feeder. The integrated, automatic air blow nozzle on the dual, three-jaw gripper enables the robot to discard chips and coolant away from the workholding further streamlining operations without any manual intervention.

“In introducing Turn-Assist for Nakamura-Tome, machine owners gain a user-friendly, reliable automation system that will increase efficiency and output on Day 1 without any operator upskilling requirements,” added Sergio Tondato, Methods’ Nakamura-Tome product manager.


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