GROB Systems Announces Compact, Versatile and Economical Robot Cell

The introduction of the GRC-R12 robot cell broadens GROB’s range of automation solutions for creating flexible manufacturing cells.

BLUFFTON, OH U.S.A. (March 31, 2023) - GROB Systems, Inc., a global leader in the development of manufacturing systems and machine tools, has introduced its new, compact GRC-R12 Robot Cell which offers a flexible, customizable and affordable automation solution for the GROB G150 5-Axis Universal Machining Center, the smallest horizontal machining center to-date for the company in its modular G-series Universal line. The introduction of the GRC-R12 robot cell broadens GROB's range of automation solutions for creating flexible manufacturing cells.

"We are very pleased to offer our customers a versatile and robust automation solution to further increase productivity on the G150 machining center. Our customers see a big advantage in having the automation and machining center come from the same builder because it enables a better support model to keep the cell running at high efficiency long-term," said Derek Schroeder, Universal Machines, Sales & Proposals Manager, GROB Systems, Inc. "Due to its flexible configuration options, we can design the compact cell to meet unique customer needs, making it possible to produce a wide variety of parts and processes on one system. Also, we prioritized minimizing the cell's footprint to save valuable floor space."

The cell has a 6-Axis FANUC M-10iD/12 Robot with 4.7' (1,441 mm) reach, capable of handling a maximum load of 26.5 lbs (12 kg). The GRC-R12 features a pneumatic single-or double-gripper system. The drawer feed system can have up to six drawers that can be unloaded and reloaded while the robot cell and machining center are in operation. With GROB's unique machine design, excellent chip control inside the machining center allows for long periods of unmanned operation without faults. Offering high customizability, customers may select from capabilities such as a blowoff box, SPC drawer and an alignment station.

The compact GRC-R12 base unit which holds the robot cell has dimensions of approximately 5' x 5' (1600mm x 1600mm), facilitating fast delivery and installation. When the robot cell is fully setup with the G150 machining center including monitors and accessories, overall space dimensions are approximately 24' (7,400 mm) length x 10' (3,250mm) width. The GRC-R12 robot cell features a side access door which provides ergonomic, ample access to the G150 machine for new jobs, fixture changes and maintenance, with a window that provides good visibility to the machine. For ease of operation, integrated software enables intuitive cell control.
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About GROB Systems
For over 90 years, GROB has been known worldwide for the development and manufacturing of machines and production lines. GROB has in its portfolio several universal 5-axis machining centers as well as a variety of automation solutions. The unique retractable spindle provides unmatched accessibility to the work piece, is the most rigid when extended to the workpiece, and even allows for upside-down machining which provides superior chip control. The Z-axis design also allows tool changes to happen outside of the work area which enables users to machine the largest part that fits in the machine regardless of tool length requirements.

GROB is a family-owned company with global headquarters located near Munich, Germany and has full manufacturing capabilities in the United States, Germany, Brazil, China, and Italy. More than 800 employees at the 400,000 square foot U.S.A. facility in Bluffton, Ohio support GROB customers across North America.

For more information contact GROB Systems, 1070 Navajo Drive, Bluffton, OH 45817 U.S.A. Telephone: 419-358-9015, email:, internet:

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