Compact, mobile and modular robot cell

Posted on 17 Feb 2018 and read 492 times
Compact, mobile and modular robot cellThe ProFeeder from Letchworth-based RARUK Automation Ltd ( is a compact, mobile and modular robot cell that can be moved between production and processing machines.

Available in three models, it is designed to accept a robot arm and can be systematically expanded to give manufacturers a ‘growth path’ to full automation.

ProFeeder Light is the entry-level product; it comprises a basic stand-alone unit with one manually removable component tray offering a capacity for up 780 parts (depending on their size).

Suitable for use with most CNC machines, it can handle a variety of parts weighing up to 10kg, and it can be expanded to incorporate additional functions such as turning, deburring and cleaning.

Next in the range is ProFeeder, which comes complete with two movers and two component trays. The mover is a modular cart which, when placed in the robot cell, automatically centres the component tray.

When the parts have been processed, the first mover and tray are replaced by the second mover (with unprocessed components).

The component trays feature interchangeable perforated plates to ensure that the CNC machine can be fed with all types of parts. In the event of unscheduled down-time, ProFeeder automatically sends a text alert to the operator.

Top of the range is the ProFeeder Multi. This features a lift module that automatically presents trays to the machine for parts to be processed; it has a capacity for eight trays.

ProFeeder Multi makes it possible to run an automated four-shift operation or even ‘lights out’ production. Manual input is limited to machine supervision, pre-filling the component trays and replacing the mover at the end of the fourth shift.

RARUK Automation says that ProFeeder systems can be quickly moved to a new station with a pallet truck. S

et-up is easy and fast; it only requires connection to electricity and compressed air.

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