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Whitehouse Machine Tools Introduces Automated Storage and Handling Systems in UK and Ireland

by Anna

Whitehouse Machine Tools, based in Kenilworth, has partnered with Turkish manufacturer Tezmaksan to introduce a new range of automated storage and handling systems to the UK and Ireland. The CubeBOX robotic cells are designed for automating the loading and unloading of machine tools, including CNC lathes and machining centers.

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The CubeBOX systems are compatible with a wide range of CNC machines, including those marketed by Whitehouse such as Biglia, Brother, and Spinner, as well as other types of machine tools. The robotic cells operate continuously, achieving nearly 100% overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), which is significantly higher than manual machine tending. This results in increased productivity and reduced lead times. The system’s ability to fast load and unload workpieces into multiple machines enhances production flexibility, allowing for quick adjustments to changing demands.

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Investing in CubeBOX systems offers rapid amortization, as operators only need to load raw materials into the workpiece magazine and unload finished components. This frees up personnel to perform other value-added tasks on the shopfloor. Additionally, the system supports unattended production during ghost shifts, further boosting profitability and competitive edge in the global market for machined components.

The integration and programming of CubeBOX cells are straightforward, allowing connection to any machine control system without requiring customisation or modification. This simplicity reduces the need for skilled integrators and lowers implementation costs. Installation and commissioning typically take just one day, minimizing downtime and associated expenses.

At the core of all CubeBOX systems is RoboCAM, Tezmaksan’s intelligent 2.5-axis CAD/CAM automation software. This software allows operators to easily integrate any compatible industrial 6-axis robot into the cell without prior programming knowledge. RoboCAM converts 2D product drawings into robot-friendly instructions, facilitating seamless automated operations.

The CubeBOX’s flexibility also enables easy movement between different machine tools within a factory. This mobility ensures optimal system utilization across various workstations, eliminating the need for separate robotic setups for each machine. Such versatility empowers manufacturers to streamline production processes, optimizing resource allocation and floor space.

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