In 2018, 48% of all of the project machines CHIRON supplied came
with automation, while this figure reached 55% in 2019 and will be 75% by the
end of 2020. There is a clear trend towards automation, which is continuing to
gain momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is because it will only be
possible to maintain productivity, while also reducing working hours and
staggering work with few operators, by using largely autonomous machines.
For autonomous production, the CHIRON Group provides solutions for
a wide range of requirements with perfectly matched complete packages comprising
a machining center and automation. The most recent example is the combination
of the CHIRON DZ 16 W with the compact VariocellUno automation unit. This means
that there is now also a tailored solution for the 16 Series with various
options – all from a single source.
»Why add the VariocellUno as a further automation solution for the 16 Series? It's quite simple. As is already the case with other series, we wanted to offer our customers an appropriate standard solution for series production which can be perfectly tailored to the production scenario thanks to the different options.«
Head of Global Account Management Automotive at CHIRON Group
Autonomous unit: DZ 16 W and VariocellUno
already been used in CHIRON 08, 12 and 15 Series machining centers over 350
times around the world. When used in conjunction with the machine, it brings
clear productivity gains. The experts from the automation department, headed by
Thomas Marquadt, have now further developed the compact unit, which comprises a
handling robot and workpiece store, for the 16 Series.
Visitors to the
OPEN HOUSE ONLINE could already observe the new variant on the DZ 16 W.
Particularly for plants with a workpiece changer, the VariocellUno provides
clear added value with respect to loading and unloading blanks and finished
parts during machine operation. In addition, the robot can perform additional
tasks during the machine runtime, such as cleaning, labeling, deburring and
reading codes. Designed for series production, the VariocellUno automation unit
allows users to manufacture a large number of workpieces in very short cycle
times. Whether for autonomous production at weekends, for night shifts, with
reduced personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic or due to a lack of specialist
staff, the automation unit enables high flexibility while consistently
producing the best manufacturing quality. Indeed, this not only applies to the
16 Series but also to other CHIRON series and the STAMA MC 531 machining
The combination of the CHIRON DZ 16 W with the compact VariocellUno automation unit enables maximum productivity thanks to its capacity to manufacture large numbers of workpiece in very short cycle times.
The workpieces are
handled by a six-axis robot on the DZ 16 W. The draw storage, palletizer or
workpiece conveyor belt act as a storage medium, depending on the requirements.
In addition, components can be added to VariocellUno according to the
application. These components include multiple grippers and also stations for
turning, measuring, washing and labeling. A large rotating door makes the
machine's working area very easy to access. The automation cell can be moved
for set-up and maintenance tasks which require direct access from the front.
If a DZ 16 W is
already in use, the new VariocellUno can be added without any difficulty. It is
also possible to implement the VariocellUno on 15 and 18 Series machining
centers – whatever approach is taken, customers are ably supported by the
CHIRON Group's automation experts.
advantages in one compact unit
- High degree of utilization for increased profitability
- Attractive value for money
- Replacement of blanks and
finished-part pallets during machine operation
- Machining center and automation from a single source
- Storage medium depending on the requirements
- Easy to operate and program
- Best access to
the working area for cleaning and maintenance tasks
Greater flexibility and dynamism: FZ/DZ 16 with
The CHIRON Group already showcased the first
pallet automation in its range at OPEN HOUSE 2019. This innovative solution
gives the 16 Series single-spindle machines greater dynamism and flexibility
when machining small batch sizes and complex workpieces, as well as when
manufacturing individual parts with long machining times.
Various blanks are
clamped on a rotary indexing table with up to ten prefabricated pallets. The
handling system supplies the machining center with blank after blank and
removes the workpieces together with the pallet following the successful
machining process. This significantly increases productivity. Another advantage
is that while one pallet is being machined, a second can be loaded at the same
With its combination of the CHIRON FZ 16 S five axis and the VariocellPallet automation solution, small batch sizes and complex workpieces can be machined autonomously and with high flexibility.
The motorized transfer trolley with rollers is a major
advantage with respect to having easy access to the VariocellPallet, even in
confined spaces. The trolley can be moved in three directions without rail
systems and, if required, can also be manually loaded and unloaded.
As unique as your manufacturing tasks: VariocellSystem
As an alternative to VariocellUno and VariocellPallet,
the 16 Series machines – as is the case with all CHIRON and STAMA series – can
be fully automated and customized with the relevant modules. The
VariocellSystem is the perfect fit for all specific requirements – whether for
handling systems, gantry or articulated arm loaders, workpiece stores for
blanks and finished parts, pallet stores, feeding or discharging equipment or
peripheral units for cleaning, identification, testing or measuring.
»We know our machining center interfaces better than anyone and can get the most out of our customized automation systems' dynamic advantages for our customers. We make every robot automation system ourselves – and we're very proud of this. «
Head of Automation at CHIRON Group