3 and 5-axis machining centres prepared for automation.

Greater productivity, enhanced delivery reliability, stress-free employees: There are many good reasons for automating your production.

The 5-axis machining centres of the ACURA EL series and the FORTE EL series machine program are ideally suited for automation. The abbreviation EL stands for "external loading option" and describes the preparation of the machine for the side loading of pallets or workpieces into the work area.

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Automation with the ACURA EL range.

Lateral loading of the ACURA machining center

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.
Extensive possibilities

Extensive possibilities

Selecting the right automation depends on the number of pieces, batch size, running time, dimensions and weight of the workpieces to be produced. HEDELIUS therefore works with numerous renowned automation partners to find the optimum solution for every requirement. For example, we offer numerous solutions for small batch sizes with high variance, workpiece handling with industrial robots for large batch sizes, and hybrid automation solutions as a combination of workpiece and pallet handling.

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HEDELIUS pallet automation

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 SR422 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 providers

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.
Standby-Magazin rationalisiert Ihren Fertigungsablauf

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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ACURA machining centres.

5-axis machining centres with rotating/swivelling unit.

Machining centres marked EL allow for manufacturer-independent production automation by means of a pallet handling system or a robot via the machine side.

FORTE machining centres.

Vertical machining centres for 3-axis machining.

Machining centres marked EL allow for manufacturer-independent production automation by means of a pallet handling system or a robot via the machine side.

Automation systems.

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