The Engineering Technology Group (ETG) has expanded its partner portfolio by becoming the UK distributor for Halter CNC Automation, the Netherlands-based supplier of machine tool robotic loading and unloading systems.
Sitting alongside ETG’s machine tool and workholding products, Halter will further expand its turnkey, FMS and machine automation capabilities that are increasingly an integral part of customer specifications, Halter says.

ETG runs an operations and engineering division based on its Wellesbourne, Warwickshire facility that designs and assembles automation systems for use with the range of market leading machine tool brands it represents.

Halter products have increasingly become integral to ETG’s automated loading and unloading technology, but in becoming its UK distributor, ETG is able to offer solutions, design and supply systems to suit any CNC machine.

Best known for its ‘Load Assistant’ that uses a Fanuc robot arm with the Halter smart control and smart loading system, Halter CNC Automation has more than 25 years’ experience in supplying robotic solutions to increase the productivity of machining centres.

It has developed a conversational interface that eliminates actual robot programming, and systems being installed range from complex multi-robot installations to simple but effective pick-and-place robots. Similarly, a feature of Halter automation systems is the simplicity of smart control programming system which does not require previous robotic experience. It is a universal system for both CNC lathes and CNC machining centres.

Steve Brown, ETG’s product development manager for Halter comments: “Demand for automation systems to work with machine tools is increasing and has led to our engineers assessing the market for specialist robot suppliers.

“We have been highly impressed with Halter’s all around skills in this area and as such, have agreed with them a partnership programme.

“As well as working on automation and turnkey [projects] with machines we represent we are happy to work on retrofits and upgrades, working on all models of machine tools where operators feel they may gain better productivity through an automated component supply system.”

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