Fanuc RoboDrill machining center α-DIB5

Fanuc has launched its latest RoboDrill series, which the company is billing as the strongest and quickest range of vertical machining centers on the market. The α-DiB5 series represents automated vertical machining technology for milling, drilling and tapping applications, incorporating a network interface, preventative maintenance and machine learning capabilities, and Fanuc’s CNC drives and servos.

A total of six redesigned models are included in the range, in small, medium and large sizes, with a choice of standard or advanced functionality. Each α-DiB5 is designed for minimal maintenance thanks to a robust build quality, low number of parts and a turret capable of handling tools weighing up to 4kg. The likelihood of machine faults or unexpected downtime is also reduced thanks to the RoboDrill’s cast cross table, BBT30 spindle (with speeds between 10 000rpm and 24 000rpm) and multiple swarf evacuation options.

Cut-to-cut speeds of 1.5 seconds can be achieved for standard models, and 1.3 seconds for the advanced. The advanced model also holds the quickest tool-change time on the market, says Fanuc, taking 0.7 seconds to change between up to 21 different tools.

RoboDrill α-DiB5 machines integrate Industry 4.0-compatible software for 24-hour, unmanned machining. Communication is available with Fanuc robots, while preventative maintenance and AI capabilities warn of and, in some cases, prevent, potential issues before they occur. The facilitating technology here is Linki, Fanuc’s production management software. Linki allows the capture of productions data, operations results, status monitoring and diagnostics. RoboDrill machines can be connected to a central server, along with other Fanuc CNC-controlled products, which enables real-time monitoring of a local or remote factory.

For further information contact Fanuc South Africa on TEL: 011 392 3610 or visit