Please excuse me as I am fairly new to CNC in general, and have never dealt with any type of bar feeder. We just purchased a new Genos(tm) L300-M mill-turn. The machine runs great and I am having a great time learning how to use it. I am looking forward and thinking about automation. I already purchased a hydraulic bar PULLER, for semi-automated runs. We had an old Traub TNM42 with a Stamag 3000 VST bar FEEDER on it, which is out of commission. I am attempting to get rid of the machine but was wondering if the bar feeder could be adapted to work decent with our new machine?
Does anyone have experience with adapting bar feeders to lathes, and specifically experience with Stamag bar feeders? I dont know if the age of the feeder is going to make it impossible to interface with the new machine, or if it simply isn't suited for the task. Also, with my relatively low knowledge of these systems and lack of significant time to tinker with them, the amount of work required to make it function is a limiting factor. I am willing to spend nights working on it, but if it is going to take 100 hours and tons of parts then it isn't worth it to me.
So any ideas, input or assistance is hugely appreciated. As always, I can supply any information you need. Thanks ahead of time to anyone who can contribute!