22 Mar Fanuc Now Lets A Shop Use the CNC to Control an Attached Robot
Based in Illinois, Fanuc America is a subsidiary of Fanuc Corporation in Japan. The company provides robotics, CNC systems, and factory automation. Last December, WoodEzine reported that Fanuc had developed a next generation post processor designed to optimize 5-axis capabilities. Now the team has introduced another new feature that allows its CNCs to directly program robots through G-code. Even operators with little or no experience with Fanuc’s robotic systems can create a robot program from the CNC, just using G-code. This makes it easier for small to medium size shops to add automation, and the company sees it as the next step in complete robotics and CNCs integration. A CNC operator now has the ability to control connected Fanuc robots that are providing machine tending, loading/unloading, placement or other assistance to the router. Thge new feature is described in plain English – it’s just called Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization, or QSSR.
In these days when having fewer people on the shop floor and in close contact can be a good choice, or when it’s still hard to find qualified employees to run CNC equipment, more and more woodshops are taking advantage of robotic arms to do repetitive tasks that were previously performed manually. Advanced automation offers a competitive edge and greater profit margins to shops of all sizes. A collaborative robot arm is one that can work side-by-side safely with people, where it senses the employee’s presence and moves to avoid any contact.
QSSR is a complete package that simplifies the connection of a Fanuc robot to a Fanuc controlled machine tool. The new code feature allows operators to program robots easily through the CNC in ISO standard G-code format. Those unfamiliar with robotic programming language will no longer require additional training, or shops won’t need to hire specialists, because the programming can be performed in-house with G-codes. A reliance on a separate teach pendant for the robot is also greatly reduced with the capability of robotic programming and operation through the CNC user interface.
QSSR not only makes it easier to connect a robot through a high-speed Ethernet cable to a machine tool, but also simplifies the set-up, programming and operation. The QSSR G-code feature is available on Fanuc CNC Series Oi-F, Oi-F Plus, 30i-B and 30i-B Plus.