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    CPL are no fools with Derek & Rodney

    • By MTDCNC
    • July 13, 2021
    • 2 minute read

    Cambridge Precision Ltd (CPL) has installed three new Doosan machine tools and a Doosan collaborative robot that have been supplied by Mills CNC. The DVF 5000 5-axis machine, a DNM 6700 and a DNM 4500 vertical machining centre were installed along with a heavy-duty Doosan H2017 cobot, at CPL in St Neots.

    The three machining centres and cobot were acquired to fulfil a new contract to machine relatively high-volumes and to high-precision, a range of innovative and highly-stylised enclosures. After initial pre-production work, CPL audited its existing capacity to identify any pinch points that could occur once in production.

    Says Nick Raven, CPL’s General Manager: “The audit revealed a need to increase milling capabilities and capacity. Having scoped out the project and volumes, machining operations, set-ups and cycle times, we decided a 5-axis would be ideal to machine the solid aluminium enclosures and a VMC with integrated cobot plus another standalone machining centre would enable 24/7 continuous production.”

    Commenting upon the cobot installation, CPL’s Milling Supervisor Andrew Barnard says: “The H2017 cobot is the second Doosan cobot we have invested in over the last 18 months. The first is the smaller more lightweight M0617 cobot acquired in July 2019.”

    The H2017 is one of the biggest cobots in the Doosan range and has a 1.7m reach radius and a 20kg payload capacity. The cobot is integrated with the new DNM 6700 machine. Similar to CPL’s first cobot (Rodney), the H2017 (Derek) is set up and programmed to perform machine tending operations such as loading workpieces from a specially-constructed loading table into the machine and, after the machining operations have been completed, unloading the finished components and positioning them back on the table.

    Andy Barnard: “The cobot and DNM 6700 are programmed to operate unattended during the day, overnight and over the weekends. Billets awaiting machining are positioned on the table, 24 at a time, and cycle time per part is between 45 and 60 minutes, depending on the required features and details. The cobot helps to free up skilled labor by handling repetitive and less profitable tasks. Rodney (our first cobot) and Derek have been welcomed by the team, and the arrival of both has enabled team members to focus on other manufacturing and assembly tasks whilst also ensuring accuracy and allowing us to plan machine operation times accurately.”

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    CPL are no fools with Derek & Rodney

    Cambridge Precision Ltd (CPL) has installed three new Doosan machine tools and a Doosan collaborative robot that have been supplied by Mills CNC. The DVF 5000 5-axis machine, a DNM 6700 and a DNM 4500 vertical machining centre were installed along with a heavy-duty Doosan H2017 cobot, at CPL in St Neots.

    The three machining centres and cobot were acquired to fulfil a new contract to machine relatively high-volumes and to high-precision, a range of innovative and highly-stylised enclosures. After initial pre-production work, CPL audited its existing capacity to identify any pinch points that could occur once in production.

    Says Nick Raven, CPL’s General Manager: “The audit revealed a need to increase milling capabilities and capacity. Having scoped out the project and volumes, machining operations, set-ups and cycle times, we decided a 5-axis would be ideal to machine the solid aluminium enclosures and a VMC with integrated cobot plus another standalone machining centre would enable 24/7 continuous production.”

    Commenting upon the cobot installation, CPL’s Milling Supervisor Andrew Barnard says: “The H2017 cobot is the second Doosan cobot we have invested in over the last 18 months. The first is the smaller more lightweight M0617 cobot acquired in July 2019.”

    The H2017 is one of the biggest cobots in the Doosan range and has a 1.7m reach radius and a 20kg payload capacity. The cobot is integrated with the new DNM 6700 machine. Similar to CPL’s first cobot (Rodney), the H2017 (Derek) is set up and programmed to perform machine tending operations such as loading workpieces from a specially-constructed loading table into the machine and, after the machining operations have been completed, unloading the finished components and positioning them back on the table.

    Andy Barnard: “The cobot and DNM 6700 are programmed to operate unattended during the day, overnight and over the weekends. Billets awaiting machining are positioned on the table, 24 at a time, and cycle time per part is between 45 and 60 minutes, depending on the required features and details. The cobot helps to free up skilled labor by handling repetitive and less profitable tasks. Rodney (our first cobot) and Derek have been welcomed by the team, and the arrival of both has enabled team members to focus on other manufacturing and assembly tasks whilst also ensuring accuracy and allowing us to plan machine operation times accurately.”