In September, at the EMO trade fair in Hannover, RoboJob introduced 2 new products: the Turn-Assist 200i, which is the first integrated model for the automation of CNC lathes and also the Tower, a completely new concept. In doing so, RoboJob has opened up a new segment in the market: besides product and pallet loading, the Tower also makes it possible to load and unload clamping devices and tools. This should considerably increase the autonomy of the CNC machine, both for turning and milling work.
It turned out to be a big hit at the EMO: there was significant interest at the world's largest machine trade fair for the metal industry. "Since then, several orders have been placed, not only by customers in the Netherlands," says Area Sales Manager Bert den Ouden. “But also by customers in Germany and even Italy,” Business Development Manager Jelle De Roovere joins in. "Meanwhile, we’ve already counted 10 orders, and are convinced that there are several still to follow in the Netherlands."
The Tower emerges as a very innovative automation concept. With this, RoboJob is managing to create 8.40m² of available loading space on a limited area of 1.40m². This is because the Tower is constructed vertically. Drawers are fitted into it, which may be flexibly arranged so that both raw materials, finished parts, and later also clamping devices and tools can be accommodated therein. The unique lift system ensures that the components are taken to the robot. This means that smaller robot models may be deployed. Hence it’s unnecessary to purchase a large robot for the smaller products that one makes. It’s not only smart, it also saves unnecessary costs.
Because the Tower may also be used on multiple machines, it functions as a central, automated warehouse. Above all, the Tower emerges to be a compact, modular building block that enables the ideal automation layout to be configured in virtually every situation. And that’s why Dutch customers are also so interested. This became clear at METAV, where RoboJob took an order for a Dutch company with a branch in Germany, and it is not the only order that comes from the Netherlands.
“Likewise the company Lacom Machinefabriek,” says den Ouden. "In June this year we’re going to install the first Tower in the Netherlands there, on an Integrex machine from Mazak. Lacom is a significant name in the Dutch manufacturing industry, where automation has already been used for years. For example, the group has more than 100 CNC machines and dozens of automation units! The fact that they opted for the Tower is a huge recognition for our colleagues in R&D who have fully developed this concept.”
You can also see the Tower at work yourself. At the TechniShow, this innovative concept is indeed the eye-catcher on the RoboJob stand. In addition, RoboJob will also be introducing other automation products from its broad portfolio of standard automation products. You can find RoboJob in Hall 10, on Stand E 030. The TechniShow is taking place in Utrecht’s Jaarbeurs from 20 to 23 March 2018.