On top of the increased uptime, robotic machine tending systems are more accurate, safer and more repeatable than manual loading and unloading. Not only can this increase the quality of parts produced, but it can reduce the amount of error in the machining process, maximizing throughput and minimizing wasted materials and time. The increased uptime benefit comes from the ability to do what known as “lights out” runs, setting up a large run of items to be machined in the evening, and coming back in the morning to find them finished.
Machine Tending Simulation using Universal Robot
Benefits of Robotic Machine Tending
Lower operating costs and fast Return on Investment
Improve speed and precision as well as reliability and quality
Relieve machine operators from physically demanding, repetitive work, freeing them up for more valuable tasks
Eliminate the risk of injuries
Flexibility if your work flow changes, the Universal Robot can be deployed quickly and easily elsewhere due to its small size and lightweight design
Small footprint, the robots can even be pole mounted beside the machine, taking up almost no floor space, and when using Universal Robots, no caging is necessary
Machine tending is the process of feeding materials into CNC machines and other industrial fabrication machines. At the moment, most machine tending is still carried out by people, but robots are beginning to revolutionise this monotonous area of manufacturing.
Relieve machine operators from physically demanding, repetitive work and eliminate the risk of injuries. A collaborative robot can be used to tend machines such as CNC, injection molding, press brakes, stamping presses and more to free employees for more valuable tasks.
Tending machines is one of the most straightforward tasks for Collaborative or Industrial Robots to Automate.
Benefits of Automation for machine tending : • Lower operating costs. Universal Robots gives you all the advantages of advanced CNC robotic automation, with none of the traditional added costs associated with robot programming, set-up, and dedicated, shielded work cells.
• Improve speed and precision as well as reliability and quality.
• Relieve machine operators from physically demanding, repetitive work and eliminate the risk of injuries. This will also free up employees for more valuable tasks.
• With UR’s fast and flexible deployment, you can quickly adapt production lines to new products. Universal Robots provides a future-proof platform for small businesses looking to optimize productions. If your work flow changes, the robot can be deployed quickly and easily elsewhere due to its small size and lightweight design.
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