FANUC ROBOCUT EDM revolutionises business for UK toolmaker Patterson
Task: With a tool room that commissions over 80 injection mould tools every year, the UK-based company Patterson & Rothwell Ltd manufactures extremely complex tools for a variety of industry sectors. To improve its productivity, reduce labour input and cut the amount of set-ups for complex components, the company was in the market for a new automated solution to wire-cut machine injection mould tools.
Solution: After investigating the potential solutions, the company arrived at the conclusion that the FANUC ROBOCUT α-C600iA was the best-fit solution for the business. The key factor in selecting the ROBOCUT α-C600iA was its 6-axis capability and the ability to machine complex helical geometry for a new project.
Result: The benefit of the 6-axis capability enables the toolmaker to complete complex projects in a single hit, which reduces the amount of production stages and set-ups that can prove labour intensive. Furthermore, by completing complex jobs on the FANUC, Patterson & Rothwell is freeing up valuable capacity from numerous other machines on the shop floor.
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