Blistering temperatures, metallic dust, and molten materials - foundries are harsh work environments. They're also one of the newest frontiers for robotic automation
work includes pouring melted metal into molds, transferring the molds, breaking metal parts from their molds (degating), and sanding
the final parts - all applications robots excel in.
Why Robotic Automation is Ideal for Foundry Use:
Powerful Design: Hefty payload capacities and wide work envelopes allow robots to tackle the heavy lifting and wide loads common in foundries. With robotic automation installed in a foundry, workers are saved from harmful repetitious movement and the strain of lifting heavy parts.
Safety: Foundries are known for being extremely hazardous. Human workers deal with the continuous threat of burns, heat exhaustion, repetition injuries, or breathing in metallic dust.
Foundry robots are required to have an industrial protection rating (IP 67). They can endure the hazards with ease and work without fatigue. Even when the heat is extremely intense, robotic EOAT can be safeguarded.
Savings: Incorporating robotic automation in your foundry conserves money and time:
With robots, there is less of a chance of dropping or damaging parts. Fewer accidents mean less financial output as well.
Since foundry work is taxing and hazardous, there can be a high turnover of workers. Robotic automation eliminates this challenge because it's quick and easy to program robots. Robots work without breaks or vacations - saving companies and increasing productivity. Unlike their human counterparts, they don't need to rehydrate periodically.
Accuracy: Robotic automation offers top notch repeatability. This is extremely important when it comes to handling molten metal. Every movement is programmed, every point exact. When it comes to deburring or sanding, robotic systems provide the precision necessary.
Flexibility: Robotic automation gives foundries flexibility. Robots can handle a wide range of applications - from material removal and grinding/sanding to pick and place and dispensing. Using automatic tool changers they can switch quickly between tasks, which leads to simplified, faster production.
Want to incorporate robotic automation in your foundry? Call RobotWorx at 740-251-4312 or submit an online request. We offer a wide selection of foundry robots from Motoman, ABB, Kuka, and other leading manufacturers.