Automation

The Zerobot® is a cost-effective alternative to conventional automation solutions and potentially the most flexible loading robot around.

The Zerobot® is a cost-effective alternative to conventional automation solutions and potentially the most flexible loading robot around.

Significantly
higher machine capacity

In
automated use

Enormous time savings for tasks such as programming and CAD/CAM

More time for skilled workers

Low acquisition costs
compared to capacity gains

Reduction of the hourly rate
Overall hourly rate, taking into account the savings for a worker and full utilization with increased machine capacity (+60%)

Conventional options for increasing capacity in production

ZERO CLAMP solution

Step 1: Zero point clamping system
Step 2: Automation
Reduce machine table setup times by up to 90%.
Significantly increase spindle operating times throughout the day, night, and at weekends.
Step 1: Zero point clamping system
Reduce machine table setup times by up to 90%.
Step 2: Automation
Significantly increase spindle operating times throughout the day, night, and at weekends.

Your benefits for day-to-day production work

Automation means manufacturing components efficiently, that is to say with the lowest staffing levels possible, and reliably. At the same time, you can significantly increase your spindle operating times throughout the day, night, and at weekends.

Increasing the machine running time

Utilizing non-productive time as well as breaks, unmanned shifts, or weekends.

Increasing efficiency

Reducing the machine-hour rate while increasing output at the same time.

Enormous cost savings

Reduced unit costs and significantly more efficient use of personnel.

Impressive streamlining of the manufacturing process

  • One automation solution for several machine types

    Can be used for milling and turning machines, among others

  • Automated part production for small and medium series from approx. 5 units

    Different orders can be processed automatically

  • Flexible handling system

    For handling anything from plate cuts to saw cuts.

  • High component density

    Ideal utilization thanks to workpiece storage which can be freely designed (rack). The machine tool remains freely accessible during manual operation.

  • High payload

    Workpiece handling of 100 kg

  • Beginner-friendly

    Easy and intuitive programming.

Existing automation solutions are usually rigid and inflexible

Portal loading

Purely horizontal workpiece storage, loading from above.

Modified workpiece geometry (length/width) after machining requires adapted gripper jaws for each blank and finished part.

Articulated robot

Gripper specific to the component with gripper jaw adapted for each blank and finished part (modified workpiece geometry).

Relatively complex programming due to six programmable axes.

Pallet loading

A pallet and a special fixture specific to the component is needed for each component.

Each component is manually pre-loaded and removed again.

Selecting the right automation solution

Zerobot® 100-P
and 100-V

One idea – two automation systems
The ZERO CLAMP Zerobot® 100-P and 100-V

Zerobot® 100-P

Maximum design flexibility thanks to mobile racks. PREMIUM storage space in automated operation with up to three racks.

Features
  • Flexible storage space

    The racks can be used throughout the entire process chain. For example, racks can be moved from storage and production, right up to mounting.

  • Free design

    Robots and racks can be positioned freely depending on the type of machine. The space requirement is less than 5 m².

  • Ample workpiece storage space

    You can use up to three racks (max. 1,200 workpieces). Further racks can be prepared during primary processing time.

  • Individual protective housing.

    The automation system can be equipped with a revolving door or a fence

Zerobot® 100-V

VARIABLE automation system for several machine tools in a small space.

Features
  • Mobile Automation

    The machine can be transported in one piece by lift truck and is commissioned quickly. It can therefore be used between several machines.

  • Low space requirements

    Rotating double rack, robot, and protective housing are built on an area smaller than 3 m².

  • Compact double rack

    Rotating rack, which can accommodate workpieces on both sides and can therefore be loaded during primary processing time.

  • Defined protective housing

    Integrated protective housing with status indication, either with laser monitoring or protective fence.

Flexible automation guaranteed: Racks with a flexible design

  • Replace large components prepared on pallets
  • Directly replace components prepared in centering clamping fixtures
  • Replace saw cuts in only one automatic clamp
Pallets
Different pallet sizes

Maximum component size:
Zerobot 100-P: 640 x 320 mm
Zerobot 100-V: 640 x 245 mm/400 x 320

Centering clamping fixture
Increased packing density and therefore more cost-effective

Max. component size 200 x 180 mm

Blank parts
Highest packing density and therefore cost-optimized

Max. component size 150 x 250 x 130 mm

Combination
All variants can be freely combined

Storage of different jobs in one rack

Entry-level automation

The Zerobot system can be connected to almost all machine tools and can also be retrofitted to existing machines.

Creating orders has never been so easy

1
Set up the machine and rack

Set up the rack freely according to your requirements.

2
Create a job

Select the required grippers and clamping devices (standard programs) as well as the number of parts to be machined.

3
Simply teach the robot by guiding it manually.

When teaching the first part, the loading robot calculates the remaining positions automatically.

4
Start

The production order can be started as soon as the job has been saved and transferred.

Networked and automated manufacturing

With the HEIDENHAIN Partner Automation partner program, HEIDENHAIN and ZERO CLAMP support their customers in the deeper integration of milling and turning controls into automated production. Customer projects are tailored to individual conditions and implemented with the shortest possible implementation horizon - for higher productivity and process efficiency in the digital production environment.

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