How Does Automated Machine Tending Work?
Most machine tending is currently done by humans. Machine shops are using their human workforce to load and unload machines and to restart the program once the finished part is out of the way. The tasks are often repetitive and qualified workers are becoming harder and harder to find, companies are introducing robots into their workshops to make up for the lack of employees.
The most popular applications of machine tending would be in machine shops where robots would load raw material, the machine then executes its program, the robot takes the finished part out and loads the machine with another raw part. This process can be done in a loop for an infinite number of times assuming the robot continually receives raw parts and that the machine produces quality parts.
Machine Tending can be dangerous work and requires the consistency that a robotic solution can provide. Robots replace human interaction to move product from a supply position, transport it to a machine, orient it, and then interact with the machine. Our designs are capable of handling items as small as a dime and as large as a refrigerator – in turn-key solutions.
Robotic Machine Tending Applications:
Loading and unloading products for grinding. Loading products into CNC milling and turning machines. Tending injection mold product loading and unloading.
Advantages of Robotic Machine Tending:
Because space is already at a premium in most production facilities, many machine tending robots have a small footprint. They also come fitted with water and dust protection as standard and cables routed through the wrist, out of harm’s way. Some manufacturers even have small models that go straight into the machine tool.
Robots are invaluable when it comes to injection molding. From part removal, to screw cutting, degating, labelling, lasering and adding inserts, they increase throughput across a varied range of tasks and negate the risk of damage
Less Expensive than You Might Think
A comprehensive range of flexible standalone solutions make machine tending robots a very viable choice for small businesses. Less expensive and easier to use than you might imagine, they provide considerable benefits even on small production runs. This is especially so where the tedious, dirty and dangerous nature of tending machines manually makes finding and retaining manual operators difficult. Plus, once they have been created, machine-tending programs can be called up whenever new orders come in.