A total of six redesigned models are included in the range, in small, medium and large sizes, with a choice of standard or advanced functionality. Each a-DiB5 is designed for minimal maintenance thanks to a robust build quality, low number of parts and a turret capable of handling tools weighing up to 4 kg. The likelihood of machine faults or unexpected downtime is also reduced thanks to the RoboDrill’s cast cross table, BBT30 spindle (with speeds between 10,000 and 24,000 rpm) and multiple swarf evacuation options.

Cut-to-cut speeds of 1.5 seconds can be achieved for standard models, and 1.3 seconds for the advanced. The advanced model also holds the quickest tool-change time on the market, says Fanuc, taking 0.7 seconds to change between up to 21 different tools.

RoboDrill a-DiB5 machines integrate Industry 4.0-compatible software for 24-hour, unmanned machining. Communication is available with Fanuc robots, while preventative maintenance and AI capabilities warn of and, in some cases, prevent, potential issues before they occur. The facilitating technology here is Linki, Fanuc’s production management software. Linki allows the capture of productions data, operations results, status monitoring and diagnostics. RoboDrill machines can be connected to a central server, along with other Fanuc CNC-controlled products, which enables real-time monitoring of a local or remote factory.