Agile robotic machine loading systems news

Bringing agility to CNC automation for QMN Manufacturing

QMN Manufacturing (QMN) has employed an Agile Flex 35P CNC machine loading system to boost production throughout the night on their Mazak Quick Turn 250MY without the labour costs of employing a full night crew.

QMN’s Agile Flex 35P features a single inclined pallet suitable for loading a range of products Ø25mm to Ø150mm with lengths up to 300mm and is able to complete OP10 and OP20 operations in one pass using the Agile supplied regrip station.

Parts are processed in the multi-swap mode with dual back-to-back robot grippers where the spindle is loaded and run at every opportunity, even while processing parts through the regrip station, providing excellent production up time.

QMN’s Workshop Manager, Peter Jerkic commented: “Productivity was our main consideration. We chose the Agile Flex for our Quick Turn 250MY because it is more reliable and more user friendly than some of our hybrid systems we have.

Peter went on to say: “We also took a liking to its compact size and minimal fencing, using the scanner for safety.”

Located in Ayr Queensland, QMN manufacture a wide range of hydraulic cylinders as well as general engineering on 14 Mazak CNC machines and 9 Fanuc robots. QMN are one of the largest producers of quality hydraulic cylinders and components in Australia. Their current capacity is 20,000 hydraulic cylinders each year, with the ability to scale to over 40,000 cylinders per year.

Peter added: “We have been working with Agile Robotic Systems for a long time and quite simply we could not produce the amount of product we do without automation nor could we be competitive in the market.”

QMN rely on Agile Robotic Systems to help improve product quality, performance and reliability as well as to help reduce their manufacturing costs.