Increasing flexibility in the watchmaking industry
The FANUC motors are also state-of-the-art, packing as standard 4 million lines per revolution, another asset for optimum control of axes that are typically linearly or circularly interpolated. "This is a key factor in achieving perfect surface finishes, especially in contouring," emphasises Tom Grillot, FANUC sales engineer.
To increase the flexibility and autonomy of the Atome watchmaking machine yet further, a robot can be installed at one side of this very compact watchmaking machine. Here too, the manufacturer opted for a FANUC robot, of the type LR Mate 200iD/4S. With two controlled axes and a 4 kg wrist load capacity, its positioning repeatability is +/- 0.02mm. It can also be programmed by FANUC ROBOGUIDE simulation software (link to product page), thus adapting quickly and easily to the changes in production series. Arrayed at the robot base, the trayed blanks are mounted on the mandrel and then removed at the end of operation. Resetting for a new series is very quick, depending on the configurations of workpieces.