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CI innovation MARCHes on with new material handling automation package for metal fabrication operations

Cincinnati Incorporated’s new Multi Axis Rapid Cincinnati Handling (MARCH) system pays homage to the company’s family-owned history and continues its wave of innovation. Customizable, standard and high-density configurations allow automation to be matched to surroundings for maximized space usage and increased overall equipment efficiency.

Cincinnati Incorporated (CI) continues its innovative manufacturing solutions with the new MARCH (Multi Axis Rapid Cincinnati Handling) system for automated handling of metal fabrication materials. The MARCH system is designed for use with CI lasers to reduce operating cost and increase productivity and safety. The system is custom designed and expands with additional components to grow with a business, or to accommodate specific space requirements. MARCH is available in two configurations – standard or high-density. Configurations range from simple load/unload to those with expandable towers, output stations, over/under carts and conveyors. The system can also serve additional lasers on the shop floor. Standard systems are available with 4-10 shelves and will accommodate wooden pallets. High-density systems add up to another 6 shelves, and all shelves are rated to handle up to 6,600 lbs. each. 

 MARCH System

 “The MARCH system is taking automated material handling to places it may not have been able to go previously,” said Troy Wilson, Product Manager for Cutting Products, Cincinnati Incorporated. “The design flexibility of the system allows us to adapt it to the available space. And with load/unload times of less than 50 seconds, the impact on operation efficiency is immediate.”

MARCH systems are available for both 5 ft. x 10 ft. and 2 M x 4 M. CO2 and fiber lasers from CI. Optional powered over/under carts can be added to either, or both sides of the laser load frame for raw material and finished parts. The carts travel in and out of the protected zone for continuous operation. A sheet transporter uses vacuum cups to lift the top sheet off a stack of material and deliver it to the laser load table. Raw material can be placed on skids, pallets or carts positioned underneath the material handling rails. A material separation system includes a peeler, fanning magnet, air knife separator and material thickness detector to assist in material separation. Retractable forks remove the finished nest from the laser load table and deliver it to a cart or pallet.

Cincinnati Incorporated provides manufacturers throughout North America with accurate, dependable laser cutting and automation, as well as other metal fabrication solutions, including press brakes, shears and conveyor systems, powder metal presses, and most recently, the BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) large-part additive and SAAM (Small Area Additive Manufacturing) systems.

“Our company was founded by the March family and we are in our fourth generation of leadership with Christina March at the helm,” Wilson added. “We were able to salute that heritage with the naming of the MARCH system, as it exemplifies the well-built, dependable, productivity-enhancing machines that the company was founded on.”