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Machine Tending Robots

Machine Tending Robots: Machine tending refers to overseeing a machine while it performs a job, as well as the process of feeding parts in and out. 

Machine tending can be dull and dangerous work that requires a high level of consistency. Robots are well-suited for this type of work. They tend all kinds of machines from presses and shears to injection molding machines. 

Robot machine tending keeps workers safe from the tedious, injury-inducing jobs, raising safety levels in facilities.

Using industrial robots for machine tending tasks is a great way to add automation to a production line while decreasing part cycle time, saving our customers money while ramping up productivity. The FANUC F-200iB and the Motoman HP165 are available through RobotWorx.



Additional Machine Tending Information

The accuracy and reliability of our machine tending robot lines eclipse that of manual solutions. 

RobotWorx integrates and installs hundreds of robot machine tending solutions. We integrate new and refurbished Motoman, Fanuc, and KUKA robots, along with robots from other international manufacturers.

Making our customers comfortable with their new machine tending system is of primary importance to RobotWorx. Every package deal has a 100% parts and service warranty. We provide technical support over the phone for the life of the machine and customer training at our facility. Contact the RobotWorx sales department at 740-251-4312 for more information. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Machine Tending

Machine Tending Movies

Fanuc M-710i Industrial Robots

Motoman Dual Arm Robots

Fanuc R-2000 Industrial Robots

Fanuc M-20iA

Fanuc M-6 Series Industrial Robots

Fanuc M-16 Series

Benefits of Machine Tending

Reducetion of Production Costs

Reducetion of Production Costs

Better Return On Investment (ROI)

Better Return On Investment (ROI)

Reducetion of Production Costs

Reducetion of Production Costs

Faster Cycle Rates

Faster Cycle Rates

Consistent Quality Welds

Consistent Quality Welds


RobotWorx' engineers and sales staff designed and manufactured a robotic system that automates a portion of a SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) tank line. Aluminum cylinders needed to be moved from a conveyor to a lube station, then to an induction heater, then to a necking press.

Working with the customer, RobotWorx discovered the goals most important to the customer and made sure to address and achieve these goals.

Application Goals:

- Productivity: Cycle time was of utmost importance to the customer. The workcell would be integrated with existing machinery and equipment, so the RobotWorx robotic system would need to be at least as fast as the existing systems.

- Footprint: RobotWorx' engineers had limited space in which to integrate their robotic system. Existing machinery was not going to be moved to incorporate the new system.

- Price: Like most companies, this customer needed to stay within a reasonable price range for the system.

- Integrator Reliability: This customer wanted to work with an integrator they could trust. RobotWorx has worked with this customer on previous projects and met their goals and specifications.

RobotWorx Solution:

- End-of-Arm-Tooling: Several end-of-arm-tooling gripper designs were considered and developed to meet the customer's specifications. With available space and functionality in mind, the engineers decided to use a non-synchronous parallel gripper to grasp the cylinders.

- Compact Workcell - With a limit on the amount of space the workcell could occupy, engineers managed to fit the entire system into the footprint desired by the customer.

- Refurbished Robot Arm - To keep costs low, the customer decided to use a refurbished FANUC R-2000iA/165F robot arm. Possessing the same qualities, specifications, and performance as a new robot, the refurbished option saved the customer around 50% on the costs of a robot.

- Customer Runoff and Training - RobotWorx encouraged the customer to come in for training to become familiar with programming their system and troubleshooting when necessary. Parts were also run through the system for the customer to ensure that the process was correct and met their expectations.