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Automation with 5-axis machining centres

Greater productivity, more reliable delivery, less pressure on employees: there are plenty of good reasons for automating production. The 5-axis machining centres from the ACURA EL range are ideal for automating. The abbreviation EL stands for "external loading", referring to the machine's provision for loading pallets or workpieces into
the workspace from the left machine side.

Automation with the ACURA EL range.
Side loading
Side loading
Automation is set up on the left side of the machine. Thanks to the side loading, the workspace is fully maintained for set-up and control tasks, as well as for tasks such as single-item production during day shifts. The machine even offers unrestricted crane loading. Another advantage (dependent on the selected automation) is the ability to see into the workspace, thus ensuring optimised process monitoring when setting up the automation component. At the same time, this solution requires less depth and is easy to integrate into existing production.
Automation straight from HEDELIUS
Automation straight from HEDELIUS
What we have done with our machining centres is also being carried across to the automated solution. At HEDELIUS, we focus on the user. As such, HEDELIUS automation solutions like the MARATHON P422 pallet storage system have been developed with meticulous attention to detail. The loading height up to the top edge of the pallet is 965 mm, simplifying set-up for the user. The storage/retrieval station, which comes as standard, and the pneumatic locking of pallets to the storage/retrieval station are also designed to simplify processes and ensure better clamping of workpieces. A query sensor is integrated into the storage/retrieval station and determines whether a pallet is already there. This prevents the possibility of incorrect operation. The loading opening can be moved backwards for crane loading, thus leaving the set-up station completely free.
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Interfaces for third-party suppliers
Interfaces for third-party suppliers
Preconfigured standard interfaces are available for electrical connection to an automation component, e.g. EROWA, INDUNFORM or industrial robots. The ACURA EL is designed in such a way that users can select the optimal market solution for their automation tasks and can simply connect to the machine. For optimal automation design, HEDELIUS provides the automation company with the machine's 3D data in order to check the accessibility of the automation in the workspace on interfering contours.
Slash tool changing times
Slash tool changing times
Searching for tools, calibrating them, transporting them and loading the magazine takes up valuable time and adds up to several hundred working hours over the year. The HEDELIUS standby magazine dispenses with time-consuming tool change processes. A rotating lifting frame with gripper removes the tools from the standby magazine and places them in the tool magazine of the machining centre. The changeover time is just a few seconds.
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