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