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Erowa Smart Factory concept is growing

Editor: Steffen Donath

With robot systems capable of handling small workpieces from a few kilos to large parts up to 4 tonnes, Erowa is shining the spotlight on its ability to ‘Go Large and Heavy’.

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Erowa Loadmaster Compact can accommodate parts up to 4,000 kg
Erowa Loadmaster Compact can accommodate parts up to 4,000 kg
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Offering around-the-clock running for machine tools producing heavier components, up to 4,000 kg, the Erowa Loadmaster Compact range provides reliability and robust operation, according to the company. Each Loadmaster can cater for a variety of component sizes set to match the spread of workpieces that customers’ machine shops have to tackle.

The Loadmaster Compact highlights how easy it is to load raw material billets, cast or forged components into the multitiered storage system ready for unattended milling and turning. Finish machined parts can be removed via the ergonomic workstations or returned to the layered racking for retrieval when required. The magazines are of vertical design; the storage positions are arranged over two, three or four levels, saving on space and cost. Each level is optimally configured for typical workpiece sizes. The magazine modules can be combined in series. With walk-in or accessible via sliding doors the setup stations are integral components of the Loadmaster production lines. Versions are available with lifting unit, with rotating and tilting table, or with indexing table. The setup positions are also accessible via overhead crane.

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Erowa’s ‘Pilot’ control software makes schedule control, tool and job management very straightforward, according to the company. It assists the operator in the daily production flow, with clear displays of system status.

Mixed pallet sizes in a production line allow optimal use of the available space and for systems with different pallet sizes the ‘Multifork’ gripper is an efficient alternative to changing individual grippers. The gripper width smoothly adapts to different pallet dimensions.

The Erowa Easy 800 is designed or workshops where space is at a premium. Launched at EMO last year, the Easy 800 is intended to support the efficient machining of larger components. Capable of deploying heavier workpieces on larger pallets, but within a minimal footprint the Easy 800 offers an increase in the size of the raw material or part-finished components that can be accommodated, up to 850 mm diameter and up to 1,000 mm in height with 6 stations.

Automation increases productivity

“The impetus from the manufacturing industry has been for larger, more complex machine tools and now these can be fully automated with the Easy 800,” explains Managing Director, Ian Holbeche.

“Using the Erowa ‘Flexible Manufacturing Concept’ (FMC) customers equipped with an automation system can typically increase productivity by a factor of five using various manufacturing technology, including die sinking EDM, multi axis milling and turning, as well as measurement and inspection.”

As Ian Holbeche points out: “Maximising the number of hours on your existing machine tools before you invest in your next machine can saving you time and money. Erowa has the ability to retrofit automation systems to existing standalone machine tools and even manufacturing cells, so the advantages and benefits are available to just about any manufacturing business.”

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