Customer Wish Granted: A Multi-Level Rotary Pallet System for the NHP Series
Looking for a Goldilocks solution to your pallet systems needs? Not too pricy, but not too small? Well, we have some good news for you, and it’s no fairy tale. Meet the new multi-level Rotary Pallet System (RPS), designed for our popular NHP Series horizontal machining centers, specifically the NHP 4000 and NHP 5000. This “just right” system fits into the product line between the more sophisticated Linear Pallet System (LPS) at the higher end of the automation spectrum and the single-level RPS, which is cost effective, but can’t be expanded if your business grows like a beanstalk (but that’s another story).
How the RPS Stacks Up
The multi-level RPS holds up to 21 pallets (3 layers of 7 pallets) vertically, which saves on floor space. The new configuration is ideal if you find yourself with the need to add capacity to one machine or require an affordable, more compact pallet system to consolidate fixtures that may be feeding a number of HMCs. If you work with multiple industries (where tasks may change from month to month), JIT scheduling on the RPS can help you cut down on setup time.
The RPS is equipped with a user-friendly HMI screen located at the setup station that communicates with the CNC that operates the horizontal machining center. It is available with an optional CUFOS control which allows users to conveniently program and operate RPS on the same control that stores all machining programs and tool data.
A Magic Matchup
The high throughput NHP Series and the multi-level RPS are the perfect combination for maximum productivity. The NHP series was developed with a design that provides great thermal stability and vibration dampening strength, higher acceleration and deceleration and quick chip evacuation, all of which are vital for smooth, seamless operation.
The center trough chip evacuation on the NHP Series allows chips to fall directly beneath the spindle, letting gravity do the work. Accumulation of chips inside the work envelope of a machine can be the cause of many mechanical failures and alarms, negating the value of the RPS. Maximum ceiling shower coolant and bed flush coolant allow chips to gather in the trough and then into the lift-up chip conveyor for proper disposal.
Another benefit to the matchup is the modular approach used in the NHP Series, allowing expansion of the tool magazine from the standard 60 all the way up to a 275 (on NHP series) tool matrix. This means an operator can load enough tools to machine all the pallets stored on the RPS.