Automation of 3 and 5-axis machining centres.

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

Industry 4.0 is advancing digitisation, automation, and the transformation to robots, which raises concerns; on the one hand, if big investments will really be worth it, while on the other, if numerous jobs will fall victim to this development.

However, you should always keep in mind that Industry 4.0 helps companies to better utilise the potential of employees, simplify process sequences and automate difficult and monotonous processes.

The most important driving force for the future of a company is still the people and their technical knowledge and skills, their innovative power, their creativity, and their ability to solve problems.



Reasons for automation.

Nowadays, business owners and managers deal with the challenges of personnel, space, and productivity on a daily basis.



Today, recruiting new employees poses particular challenges for every HR manager. Automation allows the streamlining of processes, the earlier identification of bottlenecks, and the flexible ramping up and down of production.



Established structures mean that space is scarce and the expansion or relocation of production is unprofitable. However, previously unproductive times can be utilised through automation and tooling optimisation. Automated high-performance machining centres often replace two to three older machines.



Machine operators spend a significant amount of time looking for tools and clamping devices, as well as gathering information. With simple adjustment screws and standardisation, tooling time and information retrieval can be reduced and simplified.

Classification of batch size and variation.

Selecting the right automation depends on the number of pieces, batch size, running time, dimensions, and weight of the workpieces to be produced. HEDELIUS not only develops its own automation solutions, but also 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 variation, 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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High variation
(High Mix)

By using universal clamping pallets, this automation is suitable for different workpieces like sawed parts, welded assemblies, or cast parts, as well as severely different workpiece weights.

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High quantity
(High Volume)

The focus here is placed on parts families with similar dimensions, weights, and raw part contours. Either the workpieces are gripped directly by the robot and inserted into a device, or the workpieces are clamped in a clamp beforehand and the clamp is then swapped into the machine together with the workpiece.

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High variation / high quantity
(High Mix / High Volume)

Via automatic gripper changes, a robot is able to load both pallets and workpieces, whereby robots featuring up to 250 kg transfer weight are used to process a wide spectrum of parts. Individual parts, workpieces that are difficult to clamp, and workpieces with increased precision requirements are produced on pallets, for example, used during the day by skilled workers, while larger series are processed unmanned at night or on the weekend.

The technical possibilities

A large proportion of the work steps can be automated. At HEDELIUS, we distinguish between two main machines areas: Workpiece automation and pallet automation. In addition, the use of a tool automation system is also recommended.

Advantages of automation.

By automating your CNC machine tool, you increase the yearly spindle running times and fully utilise the maximum capacity of your CNC machining centre without having to hire additional personnel.

With CNC automation, you can significantly increase the output of your production. Even with small unit quantities and individual pieces, workpieces can be processed one after the other without personnel intervention. A CNC pallet automation system or a 6-axis robot takes over the loading and unloading of your CNC milling machine. Standstill times and waiting times are reduced, something that is of course not only useful during the day. Depending on the number of pallets or the size of the parts magazine, an automated machining centre may also run through the night or at the weekend. CNC automation enables you to produce at lower unit costs and increase your production output, and with this, your turnover and profit, too.

Achieve higher sales and profits through higher productivity and lower unit costs.

To increase the turnover of your CNC machining centre you must increase the number of annual spindle hours. Automation from HEDELIUS takes care of this.

With our advanced CNC automation solutions from the MARATHON series, as well as our open interface system for third-party suppliers such as EROWA, BMO, Indumatik or Lang, we will find the right automation solution for you. Get your CNC machining centre working,; not only during the day, but also in the evening, at night, and at the weekend.


Automation solutions from HEDELIUS.

The user is the focus at HEDELIUS. That is why MARATHON automation solutions have been equipped with numerous technical details, such as the standard rotating tooling station or the pneumatic locking of the pallet on the tooling station for convenient workpiece clamping. 

In order to optimise the production process, the tooling and clamping points are becoming an increasing focus of production managers. As such, large tool magazines and zero point clamping technology have already become established in many companies within the framework of tooling optimisation. With the development of the MARATHON pallet automation system, HEDELIUS is now taking the next step towards further increasing the spindle running time of the machine, and with this, also the productivity.

Machining centres with interfaces.

HEDELIUS machining centres from the EL series enable manufacturer-independent automation of production. Loading takes place via a pneumatically operated loading opening on the side of the machine, meaning the accessibility of the work area is fully maintained for manual single-part production, as well as set-up and inspection work.


Automation solutions.

Pre-configured standard interfaces are available for electrical connection to an automation system, e.g. for EROWA, INDUNORM, BMO, LANG and ROBOJOB. The EL series concept is designed so that the user can select the optimum solution for their automation tasks on the market and simply connect it to the machine. For an optimum automation design, HEDELIUS provides the automation engineer with 3D machine data to assess the accessibility of the automation in the work area with regard to interfering contours.

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