Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s LoadMate Plus Robot Cell
Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc.’s LoadMate Plus engineered solution is a robot cell which can be easily moved for efficient use, targeted toward manufacturers in CNC machine tool applications that find themselves facing a labor crunch, while needing to be more efficient and improve their production. The robot cell provides flexible solutions for traditionally high-mix, low-volume facilities to introduce automation, and is designed with mobility and flexibility in mind.
LoadMate Plus automates the task of loading and removing parts from a machine tool through use of robotics, and can be mounted next to one machine, between two machines, and otherwise moved around a facility as jobs require. When this cell is paired with Mitsubishi Electric M8 Series CNC, operators can use the Direct Robot Control (DRC) feature within the CNC controls to also control and program the robot with menus and G-code from the same screen used for the machine tool. No robot programming experience or teach pendant is required, allowing manufacturers to use existing staff to automate and make adjustments.
LoadMate Plus can be used with a variety of machine tools, including mill, lathe, and drilling/tapping.