Mills CNC unveils new automation division

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Leamington Spa-based Mills CNC has created a new division for its industrial and collaborative automation business.

The new division, called Mills CNC Automation, was created in late 2018 and is located at Mills CNC’s Technology Campus facility.

At the beginning of this year, Mills CNC Automation became the agent for Doosan Robotics (part of the Doosan Group). The agreement will see Mills supply the full range of Doosan Robotics’ advanced, high-performance collaborative robot (cobot) systems and solutions to UK and Irish manufacturers.

Mills CNC’s technical director, Tony Dale commented: “This is a new and exciting venture for us. The new division will be responsible for driving and accelerating sales of our industrial and, with the agreement signed between ourselves and Doosan Robotics, collaborative robot systems.

“The decision to create a separate division provides a focal point for our automation business and will operate closely with our machine tool operation.”

Mills CNC Automation’s industrial robot solutions have been installed up and down the country for a large number of component manufacturers operating in the automotive, aerospace, materials handling and medical sectors. These solutions, predominantly turnkey in nature, help customers increase their productivity levels, improve operational efficiencies and make them more competitive.

A new range of industrial robot solutions (called Mills CNC AutoTurn and Mills CNC AutoMill) that facilitate automated workpiece loading and unloading have recently been introduced and have already generated significant sales and widespread interest.

The agreement with Doosan Robotics will see Mills CNC Automation supplying a range of cobots into the UK and Irish markets. The range comprises four different models: the M0609, M1509, M1013 and M0617.

The M0609 is a compact cobot with a 6kg payload capacity, 0.9m reach radius and is designed to perform quick, routine and repetitive tasks.

The M1509 is said to have the market’s largest payload available at 15kg as well as a 0.9m reach radius and is designed to handle heavier objects that could pose a potential health and safety risk to humans.

The M1013 is a versatile cobot with a 10kg payload capacity, a 1.3m reach radius and is suitable for a wide range of tasks.

The M0617 has the largest reach in the range at 1.7m, plus a 6kg payload capacity and is designed to perform tasks that require a longer reach.

All cobots feature six high-torque sensors mounted on their articulated (6-axis) arms which makes them inherently safe. The cobot arms are accurate (±0.1mm repeatability) and fast with a TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) speed of 1m/s.

As well as different capacity and capability cobot arms, every model is also supplied with a control unit (490 x 290 x 287mm) and a robust and lightweight (0.8kg) teaching pendant with a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen.

“Doosan Robotics’ cobots are easy to use and simple to install,” Mr Dale added. “The torque sensors on the cobot arms detect the slightest impact. In layman’s terms they stop immediately before any type of collision occurs when running in collaborative mode. This technology makes the cobots safe and means that they do not need to be fenced in or caged off.”

In the first instance, Mills CNC Automation will promote its cobot range to CNC machine tool users for machine tending operations. Future plans will involve targeting specific sectors such as automotive, electronics and food and drink.

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