Says Tony Dale, Mills CNC’s technical director: “The DVF 5000 is the latest addition to Doosan’s impressive 5-axis machine tool portfolio. Precision, speed, process reliability and flexibility accurately sum up the credentials of the new machine and explain why it was such a draw onto our stand.”

Main image, L to R: Steve Brown, Steve Nash, Liam Wellings, Karen Earley, with the Doosan Robotics’ collaborative robot (cobot) display

Less familiar to the UK audience was the cobot’s presence. Doosan Robotics, part of the Doosan Group, signed an agreement with Mills CNC and a new division, Mills CNC Automation, will supply its range of cobot systems and solutions to UK and Irish manufacturers.

Explains Dale: “There are four different collaborative robots in the Doosan Robotics’ range and, at Southern Manufacturing 2019, we showcased the M0609 model, which has a 6 kg payload capacity and a 0.9 m radius reach, performing different pick-and-place tasks. Models are available with a 15 kg payload capacity - others with a 1.7 m radius reach.

“Doosan Robotics’ cobots are versatile, easy to install and use, incredibly safe and competitively-priced. They are designed to perform a wide range of tasks and operations, from CNC machine tool tending through to inspection and testing - and from assembly to packaging and palletising.”

With business over the three days being described as ‘brisk’, Mills says that its attendance at Southern Manufacturing 2019 was successful, with a significant number of machine tool and cobot leads and enquiries generated.

Concludes Dale: “Visitor traffic to the Mills stand was steady over the three days. “This was the first time we attended Southern Manufacturing Show - it will not be the last.”

The DVF 5000, first launched by Mills at MACH 2018 has, since then, proved highly successful with aerospace and medical component manufacturers - to name but a few. Seen here at the Southern Manufacturing show