Automated prismatic machining made easy

New from machine tool company DMG Mori is the PH Cell 500, a modular system for handling machine pallets carrying one or more fixtured components into and out of the working area of various models in the manufacturer’s monoBLOCK machining centre range. These models include the DMU 65 and DMU 75 second-generation verticalmachines, as well as the DMU 65 H horizontal model. Maximum transfer weight including the pallet is 500 kg.

The compact storage and retrieval system offers similar advantages to those of the larger PH Cell 800 for handling loads weighing up to 800 kg. Depending on the configuration of the rack modules, the PH Cell 500 has space for up to 32 pallets. Maximum workpiece dimensions are 500 x 500 x 750 mm.

As part of its ‘machining transformation’ drive, DMG Mori for many years has been developing and introducing customisable handling systems for automatically storing, loading and unloading components into the working area of its machine tools, either fixtured on pallets or directly as individual workpieces. Such configurations enable flexible, efficient production, even of small batches and one-offs. In practice, DMG Mori says the PH Cell 500 can increase productivity by up to 300% and reduce unit production costs by as much as 50% by rapidly presenting parts to the spindle.

The new cell is available as standard with a single storage module featuring three shelves with space for twelve 400 x 400 mm or nine 500 x 500 mm pallets. An alternative version with four shelves can accommodate 16 of the smaller or 12 of the larger pallets. A combination of different pallet sizes is possible.

DMG Mori can retrofit the PH Cell if the machine has been prepared at the factory for automation.

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