Quick Tips: Setting up A ZA6 Industrial Robot with an 1100MX CNC Mill

Do you want to learn more about integrating the ZA6 industrial robot with your 1100MX CNC mill? This ZA6 robot quick tip video, hosted by Tormach CEO Daniel Rogge, will walk you through the physical setup and networking process to ensure seamless communication and efficient operations between these two powerful tools.

Physical Setup of the za6 industrial robot

PreparING the Space:

Ensure a sturdy, level surface for the ZA6 robot (Tormach offers a table specifically for the ZA6). If using a separate table, make sure it's stiff and matches the machine's height. Positioning the table so that joint one (the rotational base joint, also known as the shoulder joint) aligns with the enclosure's side window opening.


Balance the ZA6 robot's proximity to the machine. Maximize its reach into the enclosure while maintaining clearance. Consider biasing joint one towards the enclosure's rear to enhance clearance.

Securing the Table:

If on casters, raise the table using leveling feet to prevent movement during operations. You can also anchor the table for maximum performance.

ZA6 Industrial Robot
Networking between the ZA6 Industrial Robot and the 1100MX CNC Mill


establishing connections:

Connect the mill controller and robot controller to your local area network (LAN) via Ethernet cables. Use available LAN ports or add a network switch if needed. Access the settings on the robot to detect and add the CNC machine on the LAN. Verify connectivity by issuing commands from the robot to the mill.


Networking enables file transfer, software updates, and PathPilot® Hub usage for seamless operations between the robot and CNC machine.

Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet:

While Wi-Fi is an option, Ethernet provides reliable connectivity essential for real-time communication between industrial tools.

Collision Modeling:

Adjust collision models if necessary to ensure the robot operates within safe parameters. Modify offsets to refine the positioning of the machine relative to the robot.



By following these steps, you'll successfully set up your ZA6 robot next to the 1100MX CNC machine and establish a network connection for seamless communication. This integration opens doors to enhanced functionality and operational efficiency.

By utilizing the capabilities of both machines in tandem, you'll optimize productivity and streamline your manufacturing processes. Stay tuned for more insights on fine-tuning collision models and maximizing the potential of your integrated setup.

If you would like to learn about the benefits of machine tending with the ZA6 robot and the 1100MX mill, you can view our webinar hosted by our CEO Daniel Rogge.