EMO 2019 / Erowa Loading and downloading
Erowa has two main products on exhibition at EMO 2019: A new machine loading system and a process control system that can form the core of a smart factory.
Located in Hall 12 on Stand E83, EMO 2019 visitors can see the new Erowa Robot Easy 800, an automated system that aims to open up new horizons in machine loading, according to the company. With this new robot parts up to 850 mm diameter by 1,000 mm long with a maximum weight of 800 kg can be reliably delivered to the machine tools working envelope.
With its wealth of experience based around this technology, Erowa knows that maintaining high productivity of an automated system also requires that the ergonomics need to be taken into account. A central setup station with a swivel crane facilitates the operator’s daily work considerably. Rotatable magazine plates simplify setup and preparation. Pre-centring facilitates pallet positioning with crane and Liftgear.
The stable transfer axis of the robot has a large travel of 3,200 mm, and it can load machine tables between 765 mm and 1,200 mm. It means there is sufficient space for an operator to manually set up any work at the machine tool’s table, if there is a need to ‘break into’ the production run or some special fixturing is required. While the magazine has a 6,400 kg loading capacity within a compact 9 m2 footprint.
All the data required for the production cell is available at a glance, including worklist, magazine loading, tool availability and priorities, via the Erowa process control system. This makes it easy and intuitive to use the Robot Easy 800, even though the size of the parts can be formidable.
Erowa JMS 4.0
The Erowa process control system JMS 4.0 plays a major role in detailed production planning. It forms a large part of the functionalities that are described as ‘Smart factory’.
With machines reporting their status in real-time, the in-process control with automatic feedback allows production to run at high efficiency levels. Flexible interfaces to upstream and downstream systems are a matter of course. Workpiece pallets and electrode holders can be identified at any time using RFID chips.
Important advantages arise for the user: It is always clear which workpiece is at which point in the process at what time. In addition, there is an unequalled clear statement on the productivity of the integrated systems. The keyword is OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) and creating transparency to optimise existing processes if necessary.
On the OEE Dashboard users can see at a glance what the efficiency status is like. Various screens offer a clear and structured overview for all production cells, or individually down to minute detail for a single machine.
Fully automatic cells can be monitored with CCTV cameras. Various camera settings are displayed directly in the JMS 4.0 Process Control System. All necessary information is available to the machine operator on one screen. Further views can be called up quickly via sliders.
Live Alarm — Regardless of the users’ geographical location, the JMS 4.0 Alarming app informs all relevant staff about the status of the JMS 4.0 production cell. With push notifications received as soon as a machine or robot receives critical alarms or orders are no longer available.
The Erowa JMS 4.0 software provides a clear overview. It connects all data and controls the entire manufacturing process. With modular software bundles, it can also be expanded at any time as required.