RILE flexible manufacturing system

can also be used as individual modules

Working area (machine)

X-axis = 1,250 mm
Y-axis = 1,000 mm
Z-axis = 1,000 mm

Pallet size (machine)

800 mm x 800 mm x 125 mm
for work pieces of up to 1,540 mm x 1,250 mm x 1,200 mm
other pallet sizes can be used in the RILE FMS at any time

Dimensions FMS

31 m x 17 m x 6 m
62 pallets
more than 2,000 tools

Work piece loading station and central measuring station
Flexible pallet storage unit
EMS master control
Modular autonomous tool magazine
Drawer for tool loading and unloading
Central robot for tool magazine equipping
Tool transfer stations
Shuttle robot with tool bag
Storage and retrieval vehicle

Benefits of the flexible manufacturing system

  • Increase in customer retention thanks to immediate delivery capability and improved deadline adherence through more optimum forward planning
  • Strengthened process discipline thanks to a thought-out process structure
  • Reduction in lead time, as the order receives the go-ahead only in the case of tool and part/device/pallet availability
  • Reduction in just-in-case stock through order-specific manufacturing
  • Improved product quality and lower subsequent processing costs or lower rejection rate thanks to heightened process security
  • Cost saving through:
    a) Manufacturing without setup times
    b) Unmanned operation / operation with low staffing level possible
    c) Available machine lead time is increased
    d) Optimum longer spindle lead time
    e) Reduction in machine hourly rates / production costs (manufacturing costs)
  • Increase in manufacturing flexibility (also thanks to EMS – Extendable Manufacturing System)

Benefits thanks to
central tool supply

  • No separate, decentralized tool storage is required (or the storage size is reduced)
  • Tool advance planning
    • Manufacturing receives the go-ahead only when all the tools are in the system
    • Pallets are called only if there is sufficient tool supply in the respective machine, and there is a minimum of 5 tools or 1 hour manufacturing time as a cushion
    • Enough (always sufficient) remaining edge life -->improved deadline planning
  • When tool edge life has expired, Duplo is available from another machine / central stack
  • Parts can be retracted during the ongoing production process (particularly if qualified staff are present)
  • Compensation can be made for a lack of qualified staff (due to demographic change)
  • Additional central tool storage than can be expanded at any time
  • Saving in machining centre investment, as the tool stack at the machining centre can be kept smaller
  • Reduction in tool costs thanks to:
    • Non-duplication of tools, as the machining centres are supplied from the tool pool
    • Optimum use of tool edge life
  • High manufacturing security, as tools cannot be modified
  • High tool availability, as the master computer provides optimum administration
  • High data security, as tools remain in the system, are equipped with a chip and monitored by the master computer. Values that have been set are not lost during transport between the individual machines

Tool automation areas of use

  • Large amount of tools required for manufacturing a (complex) work piece (> 500 work pieces per machining centre)
  • Many tools that are rarely required but used in many machines
  • Manufacturing process split across multiple machines (including turning/milling machines) and many special tools and Duplos are being used
  • Many different parts in a small batch size and high tool requirement due to part complexity
  • Constantly changing, repetitive (make-and-hold) orders with familiar parts
  • Parts with a longer product lifecycle (aerospace/defence) and associated spare part supply
  • Permanent repair orders during ongoing production

Experience the system in detail


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