The plug-and-play automation system, which can be retrofitted to increase the production efficiency of any 3- to 5-axis machining centre in the Speedio range, communicates with the Brother control via a Profibus interface. Feedio is supplied with an ABB 6-axis robot and the manufacturer’s smart teach pendant incorporating a customised Speedio page.

Extended periods of unattended and overnight running are possible, enabling manufacturers to make the most of their investment in the machining centre, safe in the knowledge that the automation has been designed as a dedication solution, rather than a generic one provided by a third party.

Having a handling capacity of 10 or 20 kg, the robot can be equipped with standard interchangeable grippers featuring two or three fingers, or an adjustable double gripper, all with an air blow nozzle if required. A camera vision system and built-in PC allows the robot to detect where on the upper inlet conveyor a workpiece has been placed. After machining, components are returned to an output conveyor positioned below the first.

Accessibility to the machine from the front is maintained by positioning the automation unit to the side, a configuration that allows it to serve two Speedios. Options include a static station for re-gripping a component, a turn-around station, and equipment for deburring, washing, air cleaning and part marking.