The global site of the UK's leading magazine for automation, motion engineering and power transmission
3 August, 2020

Product and Supplier Search

Facebook

Function links CNC and robot controls

05 October, 2010

Fanuc has developed a function that makes it easier to use robots with machine tools. For example, it allows robot status and program selection to be displayed and adjusted on a CNC screen. Conversely, the robot control screen can display CNC-specific information.

Machine operators can use the function to call up a menu in the CNC control which provides them with information on the status of a robot, including alarms and maintenance alerts. They can also select and load programs and activate the robot without operating a separate robot control directly. This is said to save time and enhance safety.

A menu in the robot operator console provides access to the machine tool controller. This is said to be particularly useful for setting up a robot during the pre-production phase, because it gives the programmer information on the status of the machine axes to identify potential conflicts ahead of time.




Magazine
  • To view a digital copy of the latest issue of Drives & Controls, click here.

    To visit the digital library of past issues, click here

    To subscribe to the magazine, click here

     

Exhibition

Birmingham 2020The next Drives & Controls Exhibition and Conference will take place in Birmingham, UK, from 25-27 January, 2021. For more information on the event, visit the Show Web site

Poll

"Do you think that robots create or destroy jobs?"

Newsletter
Newsletter

Events

Most Read Articles