CNC tool-grinding machine manufacturer J. SCHNEEBERGER Maschinen AG wanted to find an automation solutions specialist that could control separate CNC and robot technologies using a common platform. The supplier would also have to provide worldwide support over the lifetime of the machines.
SCHNEEBERGER selected FANUC based on the company’s worldwide reputation, durable products and global support network. FANUC supplies SCHNEEBERGER with an optimal combination of 31i-B series CNC, PANEL iH Pro industrial PC, SCARA SR-12iA and LR Mate 200iD robots, and linear and torque motors. FANUC I/O Linki facilitates serial communications between CNC and robot.
SCHNEEBERGER precision tool grinders take advantage of a single control platform for both CNC and robot, with the industrial PC providing user-friendly data exchange. Furthermore, the use of FANUC motors has brought a clear improvement in tool-grinding quality and precision. Over the past year, adoption of the latest FANUC 31i-B CNC has introduced even greater diagnostics capabilities.