Part management on the APL table is done by creating a grid pattern template of equally spaced rows and columns. The APL grippers can handle parts from 1.0" (25 mm) square, up to 6.0" x 6.0" (152 x 152 mm) Length x Width. Various part shapes – such as round, hex, and square – can be loaded, and grippers can be adjusted or modified to best fit your parts.
The APL is programmed directly through the Haas control, and set up using the Haas APL interface, which guides the operator through the steps necessary to quickly program the APL. Answering simple questions, the operator enters basic information by either positioning the part grippers and pushing a single button to record the position, or by entering basic numeric values. All values are calculated automatically by the control, and the APL is ready to go.
The APL operates in the background during normal machining operations, returning parts to the storage table and retrieving new raw pieces, while parts are being machined. The result is near-continuous, unattended machining. The double grippers save time by taking a part from the electronic vise inside the machine and replacing it with a new piece of raw material, without having to return to the storage table.