Fuji introduces multitasking machine with automation

The GYROFLEX machine’s integrated Fuji-built LX-40 3-axis gantry robot enables unattended operation and fast parts handling. (Courtesy: Fuji)

At Fuji Innovation Days 2020 in November, Fuji Machine revealed its latest innovation in automation — the GYROFLEX Ultimate Multitasking Machine. Attendees at the event got the first glimpse of this rigid and productive machine. Featuring the latest industry-leading technology, it is designed for unprecedented flexibility, efficiency, and accuracy.

The GYROFLEX offers the flexibility to meet a variety of production demands, from low production volume and parts prototyping to high-volume and high-mixed production. A single GYROFLEX requires reduced setup and changeover times and completes complex parts efficiently and accurately.

The machine’s integrated Fuji-built LX-40 3-axis gantry robot enables unattended operation and fast parts handling. The hydraulic robot chuck provides stable clamping and workpiece handling using minimum space thanks to the innovative thin-type double hand design. Easy programming for complex parts and process combination are made possible with an ESPRIT 3D CAD/CAM system. In addition, the perfect chip disposal design enables non-stop production.

The GYROFLEX’s opposed twin spindles are positioned on Z-axis slideways with 960mm of stroke. Equal in size and capability, each spindle is capable of performing the same operations (OP-10A/10B). The Z-axis slide moves at high speeds to reduce loading time to the second spindle.

A milling tool spindle, mounted on rigid X and Y axes box way slides, allows for various types of machining by accessing both Z-axis spindles and swinging up to 190 degrees. Milling tool spindle speeds reach 12,000 rpm with a 15 HP spindle motor. A 15-station live tool turret, also positioned on highly rigid X & Y axes box way slides, offers indexing times of 0.4 seconds and spindle speeds of 4,000 rpm max. with a 6 HP spindle motor.

The GYROFLEX ATC rapid tool change time is four seconds, maximum tool diameter is 130mm, tool length is 300mm and tool weight is eight kilograms. Fuji’s GYROFLEX features a 40-tool ATC and a Fanuc 31i-B Plus controller. The machine footprint is 5,000 x 3,000mm (16’5” x 9’10”) and height is 3,530mm (11’7”).

Fuji turns the machining of a part into process perfection. When customers contact Fuji, the part they will be machining is analyzed by engineers with vast experience in process and manufacturing engineering. With the largest install base at the major automotive manufacturers, Fuji engineers apply their experience with the Fuji machines that are built for automation from the ground up. These highly accurate machines employ built-in robotic automation, in-process auto gauging for quality control, and are engineered with the finest Fuji custom workholding, all from one source. This allows Fuji engineers to guarantee takt time, cycle time and CPK with turnkey and run-off solutions that are built for lean manufacturing. Fuji solutions are supported by factory-trained engineers 24/7.

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