New Flexxbotics Solution Links Robots to Heidenhain CNC Controls

Flexxbotics delivers workcell digitalization for robot-driven manufacturing. Recently, it has announced advanced robot machine tending connectivity compatible with the entire range of Heidenhain CNC controllers. With Flexxbotics, next-generation machining environments using robotics with Heidenhain controlled machines achieve higher yields, greater throughput, and increased profit per part.


FlexxCORE Technology at Core

Primarily, Flexxbotics’ patent-pending FlexxCORE technology enables robots to securely connect and communicate with Heidenhain technology on equipment in a smart factory. Accordingly, it provides more powerful, flexible, and open robot connectivity than previously possible. Compatibility includes Heidenhain’s TNC 7, TNC 640, TNC 620, TNC 320, TNC 128, CNC PILOT 640, and MANUALplus 620 series of controls.

“We understand the complexities of robot-machine communications. Thus, when robots are unable to interoperate with the machines, quality issues can occur and efficiency gains are reduced,” said Tyler Modelski, CTO & Co-founder of Flexxbotics. “What we are doing with the Flexxbotics solution is enabling the robots to connect with all different types of machines to optimize the operation of each machine.”

In addition to compatibility with Heidenhain products, Flexxbotics is compatible with a wide range of open standard protocols. Among them include OPC/UA, MTConnect, Modbus-TCP, TCP/IP, Ethernet/IP, and DeviceNet along with MELSEC, Profibus/Profinet, and other proprietary controllers and interfacing protocols.

Backbone of Smart Factory

Moreover, Flexxbotics robotic workcell digitalization is the backbone of the smart factory. It delivers robot-driven manufacturing at scale with autonomous process control for advanced machining operations. Also, its SaaS/hybrid architecture runs both online and offline so production continues with or without internet access. Additionally, it works with existing business systems such as CAD/CAM, SCADA/HMI, IIoT, MES, ERP, PLM, and others for complete synchronization.

A full set of bidirectional communication, transform, and routing capabilities are available in Flexxbotics for the robots and machinery with Heidenhain solutions that are connected. Specifically, they are 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.

-06 May 2024-