At RoboJob they’re working hard to retain the manufacturing industry in Western Europe and to also to make the role of a CNC operator attractive once again. The industry has been under a lot of pressure in the past 10 years, and this has impacted the sector’s profitability. This pressure is partly fed by high labour costs and the after effects of a global economic crisis. Structural changes in the Supply Chain and the focus on high costs of inventories have also led to a reduction in the size of orders.
RoboJob’s company mission is to help the industry to overcome these challenges. The Industrie 4.0 principle – with up-to-date and flexible automation, exchange of data and modern production techniques as mainstays – is a positive trend, playing into RoboJob’s hands. The market leader in CNC automation has experienced significant growth since they started, not only in the Benelux but also in Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Great Britain. Since this year, RoboJob is also present in France, where it showcased its products at the Salon de l’Industrie in Paris.
With over 150 installations with German businesses, Germany has become the largest market for RoboJob. The company has no less than 11 dealers in Germany, among which all five independent dealers of Mazak in Germany, but also GLM Werkzeugmaschinen and Hommel CNC-Technik.
RoboJob’s standard automation solutions are increasingly known for their accessibility, ease of use and broad applicability. The Turn-Assist Series – for the automation of CNC lathes and grinding machines, and also turning/milling combinations – and the Mill-Assist Series – for the automation of milling machines – have now grown to become the standard in CNC automation. These integrated solutions can be applied to products of various sizes (standard diameter up to 400 mm), and weights (up to 700 kg). At the Utrecht (Netherlands) Techni-Show in March 2016, RoboJob also launched two new standard systems, focusing on larger and more complex series: the Turn-Assist Racks and the Mill-Assist Racks. In contrast to the other products, it’s not the workpieces, but the workpiece carriers that are stacked. The robot builds as it were, towers of ‘racks’, where the workpieces are positioned in insert trays. With this RoboJob is also meeting the demand to automate complex workpieces, such as castings.
“Of course we realize only too well that not all needs of all customers are the same," says Helmut De Roovere, co-founder and –CEO of RoboJob. “That’s why we’ve been working hard in recent years to add all sorts of extensions and options. We usually develop on demand, and often together with our customers. For example: with our Revolving unit (which is showcased at AMB) we have the opportunity to turn workpieces round so that they can be completely processed on a machine with 1 spindle. In addition, loading can be done from a pallet and unloading also to a pallet; we provide standard solutions for the processing of shafts, and also an integrated Airblow for blowing the workpieces clean, and the chuck. Using these modular building blocks, our customers have the opportunity to develop customised automation according to their needs, while, moreover, the costs can be spread over time.”
RoboJob at AMB Messe
At this year’s AMB Messe, RoboJob will be showcasing two of its top products: the Turn-Assist 250 and the Mill-Assist Essential. At Stand 3A74 in Hall 3, both products will be loading and unloading parts into a CNC simulator. Visitors can see both solutions in practice:
Set up at CNC turning lathes, RoboJob’s highly flexible compact automation has been specifically developed for the loading and unloading of small and medium sized runs, for workpieces up to Ø250 mm (with the Pallet Unload option even up to Ø400 mm). Visitors will be able to experience the shortest proven set-up and change-over time in the market: only 5 minutes for a new component and 2 minutes for a repetitive component. Thanks to the extremely user-friendly graphic interface, specific robot knowledge is not required. The Turn-Assist 250 offers an extremely wide range of standard functions, which increase the efficiency and flexibility of the operator and your CNC machine. With just one click, the operator can adjust the speed of the robot, adjust the clamping force of the grippers, or allow the robot to grip eccentrically. These are just a few from a long list of standard functions. Moreover, this standard product can be further expanded with several options which further increase the customer’s flexibility and efficiency.
For CNC milling machines, RoboJob will be presenting its Mill-Assist Essential, specifically developed for the loading and unloading of small and medium sized runs, for workpieces with a length up to 450 mm. Also on this product, visitors will be able to see and test the graphic interface for programming, which also enables swift programming in 5 minutes for new pieces, and in 2 minutes for known pieces. The Mill-Assist Essential is the most compact loading solution on the market. Moreover you maintain a good overview of the automation and on your machine park at all times. The view is not obstructed thanks to the open set-up of the Mill-Assist, which can be set up in front of or next to the machine.