Automated Machinery With Robots

Oct 9, 2013

Automating your production line will help your business save on labor costs while also removing the dangers of the workplace from humans. Automated machinery with robots will help to improve the accuracy and precision on your production line.


Machin­ery automa­tion will improve a company’s com­pet­i­tive advan­tage, reduce pro­duc­tion costs, and improve prod­uct qual­i­ty. The most obvi­ous ben­e­fit of automa­tion is that it saves labor costs and takes man­u­al work­ers out of haz­ardous envi­ron­ments, but it also saves ener­gy and mate­ri­als while improv­ing accu­ra­cy and precision.

Two types of automa­tion include feed­back con­trol and sequence con­trol. Feed­back con­trol is con­tin­u­ous and involves tak­ing mea­sure­ments with a sen­sor and mak­ing adjust­ments. Sequen­tial con­trol is used when a pro­grammed sequence of oper­a­tions is per­formed. Usu­al­ly a sin­gle com­put­er will pro­vide both feed­back and sequence con­trol in an indus­tri­al application.

Com­mon mis­takes are made when pur­chas­ing auto­mat­ed machin­ery. First, the man­u­fac­tur­er needs to ensure that a detailed equip­ment spec­i­fi­ca­tion will define his expec­ta­tions. Com­pa­nies should also con­sid­er the tech­ni­cal exper­tise required to main­tain the equip­ment on a dai­ly basis. Com­pa­nies should also con­sid­er the eco­nom­ic impact of how fre­quent­ly the prod­uct mix changes. The sys­tem should be able to accom­mo­date future change with­out hav­ing to start from scratch each time.

Engi­neered Machined Prod­ucts (EMP) part­nered with Fanuc to design robot­ic sys­tems to max­i­mize their pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. Togeth­er they devel­oped a solu­tion for high-vol­ume machin­ing oper­a­tions. The Toploader series of Fanuc artic­u­lat­ed gantry robots reduce floor space and pro­vide six-axis dex­ter­i­ty for oper­a­tions such as degat­ing, deglash­ing, label­ing, pack­ag­ing, and pal­letiz­ing. The M‑710iT Toploader was the mod­el cho­sen to ser­vice eight machine portals.

The Fanuc R2000iA/165F robot is also used in sev­er­al machin­ing cells at EMP’s fac­to­ries. A machin­ing cell that process­es water pump impellers con­tains two of these mod­els along with two Fanuc 2‑D Vision sys­tems. Suc­cess with these machin­ing oper­a­tions has con­vinced EMP to become ded­i­cat­ed to explor­ing automa­tion to its fullest extent.

While the invest­ment in auto­mat­ed machin­ery can be daunt­ing to some pur­chasers, appli­ca­tions like assem­bly, pro­cess­ing, and pack­ag­ing ben­e­fit great­ly from automa­tion. Now, auto­mat­ed machin­ery and equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers are even devel­op­ing cus­tom 3D soft­ware appli­ca­tions to achieve a com­pet­i­tive edge. 

For more infor­ma­tion about automat­ing removal with Robots​.com, con­tact us today online or at 8777626881.

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