Mollart, FANUC partner to launch upgraded vertical drilling machine at Emo 2017

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New multi-axis VDMF machine is a complete upgrade on its predecessor, according to Mollart

Mollart Engineering has partnered with FANUC UK to develop a new version of its specialist VDM vertical micro drilling machine, which will be launched at EMO 2017, in Hanover, Germany 18-23 Sep.

The new multi-axis VDMF machine is a complete upgrade on its predecessor, having been equipped with FANUC drives, motors and CNC control. The new drive systems offer a 25% improvement in cycle times compared to earlier models. 

Additionally, the new machine is equipped with a W-axis and a two-axis coordinate table for prismatic parts drilling or, alternatively, on-board loading options. The machine comes equipped with the option of either two or four spindles.

In a 4 Sept press release, FANUC said the VDMF was suited for high-volume micro drilling applications that required extreme accuracy, including the manufacture of precision automotive parts and medical devices, such as bone screws or dental implants.

The original VDM machine was originally developed in Germany by a company that was subsequently acquired by Mollart Engineering. 

With the original team due to retire, the decision was made to partner with FANUC to develop an upgraded version, replacing the original PLC control and drives with new FANUC drives, motors and CNC.

“We’ve worked with FANUC for more than 25 years…we believe that, together, we have now developed a best-in-class precision micro-drilling machine that is easy to programme, highly productive and can be easily retrofitted with robotic automation,” said Ian Pettit, sales director at Mollart Engineering.

According to Pettit, the upgraded VDMF also has a “highly competitive price point”.


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