[LORAIN, OH – June 2022] Absolute Machine Tools A+ Automation Team will co-exhibit the LoadMate Plus™ Machine Tending Robotics Cell with partner Mitsubishi Electric Automation (MEA) at IMTS 2022 in booth #338519. Designed and built as a joint project between MEA and Absolute Machine tools to fill the gap between collaborative robots and industrial robot automation cells, the Mitsubishi LoadMate Plus Machine Tending Robotics Cell is a compact heavy-duty portable robotic cell that can handle payloads up to 20 kg with reaches up to 1,388 mm. It can be easily integrated in one step to CNC machines using MEA’s Direct Robot Control function. This automated robot machine tending cell will be demonstrated live with the Absolute Machine Tools Seiki KT-420L CNC Mill/Drill/Tap Center.
Capable of loading, unloading and palletizing parts in any low-to-high volume mix application, the LoadMate Plus plug and play robotic cell offers the high strength of industrial robots in a safe, contained cell. Several Mitsubishi vertical robot models, including all RV07, RV-8, RV-13 and RV-20 series, have been tested and proven within the cell’s enclosure. Its portability makes it easy to add an automation function to a variety of CNC applications increasing throughput and saving valuable time. At IMTS 2022, the Mitsubishi LoadMate Plus will be integrated to Absolute Machine Tools’ Seiki KT-420L Mill/Drill/Tap Center. The cell is intended to show attendees how affordable and simple automation can be achieved. The Seiki KT-420L is built standard with Mitsubishi M80A control with dedicated CNC CPU enabling rapid processing speeds and assuring seamless integration with the LoadMate Plus cell and robotics. Featuring a moving column/fixed table design with rotary pallet changer, the machine’s built-in rotary-type APC unit is located at the front of the machine for easy access. The machine exchanges fixed tables in 4.5 seconds using a hydraulic cylinder to rotate the pallet and a hirth coupling hydraulic clamping mechanism to clamp the pallet in place without lifting for exceptional repeatability.
“Absolute Machine Tools is a Diamond Partner of Mitsubishi Electric Automation and co-creator of the LoadMate Plus, so it makes perfect sense to demonstrate our successful collaboration on a working CNC machine tool at IMTS 2022,” said Courtney Ortner, Director of Marketing Absolute Machine Tools A+ Automation Team. “We invite people looking for something a little heavier than a collaborative robot without the complexity of an industrial robot, clunky caging, and lengthy conveyors to stop by the booth and take a look. Absolute’s A+ Automation Team’s goal is to provide affordable smart automation solutions for all size manufacturers, and in the case of mating the Mitsubishi LoadMate Plus with our Seiki KT-420L for $139,900, I believe we have accomplished this.”