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    First, I work for Rapid Design. We had similar...

    First, I work for Rapid Design. We had similar questions when first looking at robot automation. For us it came down to the types of jobs we needed to run through our automated mill (lot of low...
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    Most homing sensors are proximity switches that...

    Most homing sensors are proximity switches that sense presence of a steel protrusion or magnet on the rotary ring gear. This is not always true but in general red or brown=24v, blue=0v (ground), and...
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    If you're looking to scale up your valve bank for...

    If you're looking to scale up your valve bank for controlling other functions in the future I'd look at the CMV-C2X-4X end plate with CMV-B1L-2A modular valves and CMV-C4X end plate also from...
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    Seen them at Automate but didn't have a chance to...

    Seen them at Automate but didn't have a chance to try the demo. Sounds like they're worth looking at. You have one on one of your mills?
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    Haha, I think the cobot thing is mainly about...

    Haha, I think the cobot thing is mainly about ease of programming and teaching as well as no guarding. The industrials are way faster and a bit more accurate, just depends how many parts you're...
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    That's a Kitagawa B206 three jaw lathe chuck.

    That's a Kitagawa B206 three jaw lathe chuck.
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    I hear you. Most people use them with one UR...

    I hear you. Most people use them with one UR robot and have a couple actuators that move with the robot between machines when needed so they don't need to buy them for each mill or vise setup. The...
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    That looks like a clean way to do it- I might try...

    That looks like a clean way to do it- I might try adding a live center to something like that for a tailstock on our little chucker lathe. We had a similar issue when we needed a power chuck in a...
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    Are you thinking of the cnc vise actuator from...

    Are you thinking of the cnc vise actuator from Rapid Design? (disclosure, I work there). Uses a pneumatic piston over rack and pinion design, 50 ft-lb torque and $1400.
    I like the rotary vane idea...
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    This job was previously ran on a Samsung...

    This job was previously ran on a Samsung live-tooled lathe with subspindle. Cycle time was slightly better on the VF-2 but the driving factor was a thread runout feature the lathe couldn't time...
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    A robot with a precision gripper can automate...

    A robot with a precision gripper can automate multi-op parts on a 3x VMC just like an operator would. See this video of 3 op part on a VF-2:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tFwt07d21E&t=46s ROI is...
  12. I generally use 3 M-code outputs from CNC to...

    I generally use 3 M-code outputs from CNC to robot (Request load, Load type output 1, Load type output 2) and just one input to CNC from robot (a relay wired in parallel with cycle start switch)....
  13. Yeah, the motion order can be switched around...

    Yeah, the motion order can be switched around pretty easily with the touchscreen "conversational" interface. We have optimized a fair bit since just getting the spindle turning initially. The main...
  14. Those are Kurt 3610 V vises. They're the...

    Those are Kurt 3610 V vises. They're the backwards style which is nice because it keeps the work closer to the robot (& operator). The robot operates them pneumatically with our CNC vise actuators...
  15. I installed a UR5 on a VF2 for a customer. It was...

    I installed a UR5 on a VF2 for a customer. It was the new e-series and the force feature worked great for pushing parts into a stop just like an operator would. They are a little slower (than the...
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