Flexxbotics announced robot machine tending connectivity compatibility with the full line of HURCO machinery, including 5-axis machining centers, 3-axis machining centers, portal machining centers, horizontal machining centers and turning centers.
Flexxbotics’ patent-pending FlexxCORE technology enables robots to securely connect and communicate with HURCO machinery in the smart factory to provide more powerful, flexible and open robot connectivity than previously possible. Flexxbotics is compatible with HURCO’s MAX5 CNC control system used on HURCO machines, including the TM/X Series and VM/X Series.
In addition to compatibility with HURCO MAX5 CNC control, Flexxbotics is compatible with a wide range of open standard protocols including OPC/UA, MTConnect, Modbus-TCP, TCP/IP, Ethernet/IP and DeviceNet along with FOCAS2/FOCAS, MELSEC, Profibus/Profinet and other proprietary controllers and interfacing protocols.
Flexxbotics workcell digitalization delivers robot-driven manufacturing at scale with autonomous process control for advanced machining operations. Flexxbotics’ SaaS/hybrid architecture also runs both online and offline so production continues with or without internet access, and Flexxbotics works with existing business systems such as CAD/CAM, SCADA/HMI, IIoT, MES, ERP, PLM and others.
A full set of bidirectional communication, transform and routing capabilities are available in Flexxbotics for the robots and HURCO machinery that are connected including loading PLC programs, sending instructions, updating parameters and status awareness depending on the equipment’s capabilities so the robots drive the machines in the smart factory.