Robotic machine feeding can provide more complex manipulation and handling capabilities than basic material handling operations. Industrial robots are the perfect solution for this application automation. Using robots in machine feeding reduces cycle time and increases productivity and saves money for our customers. Robots can feed all kinds of machines, from press and shear to injection molding machines. Manual machine feeding can be tedious and dangerous, requiring a high degree of consistency. Robotic machine feeding raises safety levels in plants by protecting employees from this boring, potentially injurious work.
Machine and Press Feeding
Robotic Feeding Machine
Scope of application:
- Loading and unloading to CNC milling and turning machines
- Loading and unloading of products into injection machines
- Loading and unloading of material to presses
- Loading and unloading for grinding
- Loading and unloading of Stamping, punching, cutting, forging press
- Holding a product for welding
Benefits of Robotic Machine Feeding
One of the main benefits of robotic machine feeding is the significantly improved uptime compared to manual loading and unloading. The only time the robot must stop is for regular maintenance, ie the productivity of the machine is not limited to manual labor. This increase in uptime increases productivity and leads to large productivity increases.
n addition to increased uptime, robotic machine feeding systems are more accurate and reproducible than manual loading and unloading. This only improves the quality of the manufactured parts. It can reduce the amount of errors in the machining process, maximize throughput and minimize wasted materials and time.
Robotic machine feeding systems offer many benefits for manufacturers, including basic uptime and accurate repeatability. Robotic machine feed provides productivity for everything from grinding to milling and turning.
Scope of Application
- Repeatable precision and improved production quality.
- Minimizes human error and improves ergonomic conditions.
- Short return on investment and low overhead compared to manual machine feed.
- Robots can be mounted between 2 machines or on top to save valuable floor space.
- Provides 7/24 production with increased machine and system usage.
Shorten cycle time
Even if the production is automated, a worker is often needed to feed the machines. In this case, the production rate is still controlled by the speed of a person. Using a robot for machine feeding saves some time per cycle. Saving a few seconds per cycle can result in a significant increase in production over the weeks and months. Moreover, a robotic machine feeding system can work tirelessly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Manufacturers often think that robots that feed the machine should be placed in front of the machine. On the contrary, robots can be installed on top of the machines and can serve two machines at the same time. Robots tend to be more compact and flexible, so they can be installed inside the machine (of course for large CNC machines!). This will save a lot of space in the workshop.
Cycle time is directly related to your production costs. In addition, labor costs can be significantly reduced because one worker can handle more than one robot. A machine feeding robot is also cheaper than a specially designed manual feeding system and is more flexible as it can be adapted to multiple parts.
How do you know it’s time to automate machine feeding?
Almost any machine feeding process can be profitably automated, but it can be difficult to know when automating machine processing processes will be meaningful, especially when the efficiency and return on investment potential is unknown.
4 Signs of the Time to Automate Machine Feed Operations
Moving to a Top Model CNC:
Old CNC machines offer additional barriers that make automation profitable. However, newer CNC machines can easily integrate with automated systems, sometimes with a simple software package. When new CNC machines are installed, this is a good time to think about robotic machine feeding solutions.
If production parts begin to accumulate when loading or unloading machines, the machine is too slow or too fast for other operations. Robotic machine feed automation will create a smoother product flow and increase productivity.
Pre- and Post-Production Processes:
Often parts need to be cleaned or inspected before or after machining. This can also create production bottlenecks. If other processes are inefficient, robotic automation can be the solution.
The ability to earn ROI is not static. Labor can be difficult to find, automation costs can fall, and productivity needs may increase. When the ROI targets are achieved, it’s time to take robotic automation seriously in machine feed.