CNC Milling Time with Automated Deburring and Roscamat Tapping Arms
How do you get the
most out of your milling time?
CNC time is expensive
and involves many factors, including part complexity
and machine run time. For most operations managers, it’s beneficial to
strategize to be more productive while the machines run.
If tapping or
deburring is needed, one way to be more efficient is to turn the process
around. Yes, your CNC operation can actually be more productive by automating
deburring inside the CNC and performing the tapping outside it.
Your new CNC drilling
and tapping center with Xebec and Roscamat
2. By placing a Roscamat®USA tapping
arm next to your machining center, your CNC center can gain a
significant improvement in speed, accuracy and productivity. While the CNC is
milling the next part, the operator can tap the holes in the last part.
An example of how this
worked for one company:
A CNC operation milled
parts that were spec’d with 30 tapped holes. The cycle time for milling, drilling
and tapping added up to almost two hours per part in the CNC. By removing the
tapping process from the CNC and using a Roscamat tapping arm after milling,
the company reduced the cycle time by 11 minutes (a 7.3% decrease). The
operator then had time to start running the next part in the CNC, while it took
just three minutes to tap out 30 holes with the Roscamat and be done with that
Tapping with the Roscamat arm not only required less time than the CNC - it
shortened the CNC cycle time by 11 minutes, increasing productivity. Saving 11
minutes of cycle time per part in a facility with 10 CNCs can result in the
production of more than 500 extra parts per year.
standard Bilz®-Style quick change tap adapters make tapping holes of differing
sizes fast and easy. It takes seconds to switch adapters, so for a company
milling a part with 24 threaded holes of three to four differing sizes, using a
Roscamat arm reduced the time to tap the holes. Plus, the ease of changing tap
adapters made this project a breeze.
arms can help operators do the job quickly. See how Roscamat’s Tiger can tap 24
threads per minute on a F 114 steel part.
By adding a few
minutes to the cycle time for automated deburring, then externalizing the tapping
process, the company reduced cycle time for each part by 10%. With a Roscamat arm and its quick-change tap adaptors, operators could tap
all the holes in about five minutes.
Maximize production in
your CNC center with a Roscamat Tapping arm
superior, lightweight, safe and reliable tapping arms. Operators can bring the
tap to the work, which is three to four times more efficient than lugging the
workpiece to a fixed spindle.
Due to the rigidity
and precise movement, tapped holes are very high quality and typically gage
with a smooth insertion of the go gage and little, if any, entry of the no-go
gage. Do you need to do drilling, countersinking or reaming? It’s easy
with Roscamat’s tapping arms with their high-speed motors, speed control
variators and seven interchangeable speed modules.
You can also automate
the tapping process. See how in this example of a Universal Robot and Roscamat
tapping arm collaboration.
Increase Safety and
Employee Retention in your CNC Center
We all know that
machining centers don’t want to lose skilled employees. One way to do that
is to keep employees safer in your CNC center with ergonomic
lift assist solutions from 3arm America. These portable ergonomic
solutions can decrease employee injuries and damage to expensive parts,
especially in industries with heavy tools and parts that need to be transferred
in out of the CNC.