August 23, 2021
Denmark-based Made4CNC has announced its first official product, an automatic door opening solution for robotic machine tending. The Safedoor SD100 can open CNC doors up to 1 meter wide and weigh 400 kg, at a speed of 500 mm/sec. The door opener can connect to any robot and CNC via galvanic insulated digital inputs and outputs.
The company said that only a small percentage of the industry’s CNC machines are automatically fed components. Most of the world’s CNC machines rely on either a human operator or the robotic arm having to physically open and close the machine’s heavy doors every few minutes. In addition, investing in an automatic CNC machine or upgrading an older model can be expensive.
Another option is systems integrators that often build “homemade” door opening solutions, but Made4CNC said this opens risks for errors, stoppages and hazardous situations because these solutions typically require compressed air, and are neither standardized or tested. The company said the Safedoor SD100 includes built-in safety functions that enable the integrator to adjust the speed of the CNC door, making risk assessments easier to conduct.
The company’s team includes three well-known robotics industry leaders: Thomas Visti, Lasse Kieffer and Peter Nadolny have played integral roles in the success of Danish robot companies Universal Robots, OnRobot, Purple Robotics, and Mobile Industrial Robots.
“Around the world, the need for faster and greater automation is a major trend, and for it to succeed, less time must be spent on each installation,” said Naodlny, CEO of Made4CNC. “With the SD100, we have integrated safety and robustness in a user-friendly solution, which we believe is the key to optimal productivity.”
The company established Made4CNC earlier this year, with investors Kieffer and Visti providing technological expertise and market insights, respectively. “Made4CNC has understood what is required to make the process easier,” said Visti. “It’s win-win-win for the end customer, employees, distributors and the manufacturer. I expect that Made4CNC will have established itself via robot distributors and integrators around most of the world in the next 12 months.”
Systems integrator Nordelektro has installed two of the SD100 door openers at Randers Tandhjulsfabrik. “It took less than an hour for each CNC machine and they are good and stable door openers,” said Lars Bo Nielsen, factory manager at Randers Tandhjulsfabrik. For Nordelektro, the SD100 allows them to provide customers with a standardized solution designed to be a “solution in a box.”
“Safedoor SD100 is a complete solution, which makes it simpler to work with automation,” said Jesper Storm Simonsen, sales manager at Nordelektro. “It is a huge advantage for us as an integrator. We don’t need to invent something complicated and expensive. We have minimum project risk.”
Made4CNC also announced an agreement with its first American distributor, Thinkbot Solutions. “Safedoor SD100 makes having a job as a machine feeder much more pleasant and easy going, while the employer will be able to optimize and get a better workflow,” said Philip Courtois, president of Thinkbot Solutions. “Others have tried unsuccessfully to develop a user-friendly door opener. Made4CNC has completely succeeded. I have chosen to distribute SD100 because attention is given to all of the details in terms of the mechanics, software and safety.” He noted that the SD100 is certified by Universal Robots. ‘The UR+ certification ensures completely seamless integration with robots from Universal Robots. All operations can be done through the robot’s teach pendant.”
For more details on the Made4CNC offering, visit its website here.