The SherpaLoader®

Automation for Turning and Milling machines

The SherpaLoader® is the world's first loading robot that automatically recognizes round bar, square bar and panel blanks as standard. With its camera and laser system, it detects workpieces on table trolleys, drawers and pallets and picks them up for loading onto machine tools. After machining, it removes the finished parts from the processing machine and places them back on the loading device.

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Part recognition

Fully automatic thanks to 3D camera and laser

Robots without a camera are blind. Prepared workpieces must be positioned precisely in order to pick them up with a robot. Usually, integrated devices or stationary installations such as grid plates, rotary tables, stack storage, towers, etc. are used for this purpose. The SherpaLoader®, on the other hand, works without expensive and error-prone mechanics. It uses a 3D camera and laser system to detect the position of workpieces on the material supply. Eyes increase the flexibility of robots, just like living beings.

Full Flexibility in the provision of materials

With conventional loading systems, you have to decide on a type of material supply. The SherpaLoader® is prepared for three different loading media. Depending on the number of pieces, component weight and size, you can use the appropriate provision: Table trolleys, pallets or a SpaceBox.

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Changeover time
under 5 minutes*

Bei Losgrößen von 10 - 1.000 Teilen sind kurze Rüstzeiten entscheidend. Während des Rüstens steht die Bearbeitungs- maschine und wertvolle Spindelzeit geht verloren. Kameragesteuerte Systeme haben kürzere Rüstzeiten als mechanische Systeme, denn das Umrüsten von Rasterplatten, Magazinen oder anderen mechanische Anschlägen kann entfallen. Bei einem Werkstückwechsel wird lediglich das Spannnmaß der Robotergreifer angepasst.

* abhängig von der Greiferkonfiguration

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Easy as 1-2-3
thanks to comprehensible dialog control

The robot cell is operated via a dialog control system with a graphical user interface. Operators set up new jobs on a 17” touch display in no time at all, without any programming knowledge for robot controls. The use of clear symbols and comprehensible input masks provide context-related support. Order creation is self-explanatory for technically oriented employees.

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Optimized for
CNC machining

The movement sequences of the SherpaLoader® are optimized for loading machine tools. During commissioning, travel paths are adapted to the geometry of the customer's machine and the customer's range of parts: The automation is handed over to the customer fully set up. The system enables the use of robot cells in medium-sized manufacturing companies that cannot utilize the capacity of an in-house robot expert with irregular set-up work.

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Shape the future of machining with us

These companies are already automating their production with SHERPA Robotics

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Customer successes

Staffing key reduced at ROLEC

"Due to the short ROI, we immediately purchased the second CNC automation system from SHERPA. And we plan to automate more machines in the future."

Matthias Rose, Managing Director

55%

Reduction in
personnel costs

2

additional
CNC machines
per operator

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"Automation has more than doubled our turnover on the system. This is both a success and an incentive. That's why we have just invested in a new processing machine from HERMLE - and in another SherpaLoader.

Johannes Seilbeck, Managing Director

14 hrs.

Spindle time increase
daily

200%

Turnover on
the system

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"Qualified machine operators are rare at the Gebesee site. An increase in delivery reliability can therefore only be achieved with the support of a robot."

Rene Liebl, owner

60 hrs.

autonomous
running time

0%

Additional
specialists
required

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Double victory for the SherpaLoader®

At the prestigious handling award 2021, the jury and readers awarded the SherpaLoader first place in the “Handling & Assembly” category and as the best product in the competition. Thank you for your vote!

For a wide range of components:
Six models

Robots with a payload of 25, 50 and 88 kg for handling round and hexagonal bars, plate and square blanks as well as cast and forged parts. Equipped with two-jaw parallel grippers or three-jaw centric grippers, pneumatically or servo-electrically operated, equipped with single fingers, pendulum jaws, contour jaws or prism inserts.

SherpaLoader®M25

    For edge material
    up to 18 kg weight*
    and a size of
    20 x 20 x 10 mm up to
    200 x 200 x 200 mm

SherpaLoader®M50

    For edge material
    up to 38 kg weight
    and a size of
    20 x 20 x 10 mm to
    300 x 300 x 300mm

SherpaLoader®M88

    For edge material
    up to 73 kg weight
    and a size of
    20 x 20 x 10 mm to
    300 x 300 x 300 mm

SherpaLoader®T25

    For cylinders and shafts
    up to 18 kg weight
    and a size of
    Ø 15 - 220 mm and
    Length 10 – 200 mm

SherpaLoader®T50

    For cylinders and shafts
    up to 38 kg weight
    and a size of
    Ø 20 - 300 mm and
    Length 10 – 300 mm

SherpaLoader®T88

    For cylinders and shafts
    up to 73 kg weight
    and a size of
    Ø 20 - 300 mm and
    Length 10 – 300 mm

* Handhabungsgewicht abhängig vom Bauteilschwerpunkt

Flexible expansion modules

Grows with your requirements: functional extensions
for modular additions, suitable for your production use

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Module Wenden

Re-gripping station for turning components after initial processing

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Module Pre-embossing

Embossing station for hydraulic pre-embossing of components before machining

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Module Reinigen

Cleaning station for reducing chips and cooling lubricants on machined components

Module Wenden

Re-gripping station for turning components after initial processing

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Module Pre-embossing

Embossing station for hydraulic pre-embossing of components before machining

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Module Reinigen

Cleaning station for reducing chips and cooling lubricants on machined components

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Compatible with all
current CNC machines

Mit seiner universellen Schnittstelle lässt sich der SherpaLoader® an alle gängigen Dreh- und
Fräsmaschinen anbinden – unabhängig von deren Baujahr. So kann mit demselben SherpaLoader®
eine betagte Bestandsmaschine nachgerüstet, und genauso eine Neumaschine automatisiert werden.

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Arrange a demonstration!

We are happy to let operators set up and start the system without instruction.

+49 711 2525 744 - 0

info@sherpa-robotics.com

    We will contact you in the next 24 hours.