Automotive Machine Loading Robots

Using machine loading industrial robots on the automotive line has increased the production speeds, cut costs, and increased the product quality. Machine loading robots are able to handle a variety of jobs and accomplish the job of a human worker in half the time.


Auto man­u­fac­tur­ing has been a flag­ship indus­try for demon­strat­ing the ben­e­fits of using robots in assem­bly lines. Images of sparks fly­ing from long lines of weld­ing robots are famil­iar to many peo­ple. Often not con­sid­ered how­ev­er, is the huge cost sav­ings and effi­cien­cy boost that can result from automat­ing the machine load­ing process.

Machine load­ing robots save large amounts of back-break­ing and monot­o­nous human labor, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the auto­mo­tive indus­try where large, heavy, and bulky parts need to be posi­tioned near or in par­tic­u­lar pro­duc­tion machines very rapid­ly and pre­cise­ly for many con­sec­u­tive hours. In the high­ly com­pet­i­tive auto­mo­tive indus­try, machine-load­ing robots can be the dif­fer­ence between turn­ing a prof­it or not.

The KUKA KR series of shelf-mount­ed robots are a great exam­ple of use­ful auto­mo­tive machine-load­ing robots. Robots like these from com­pa­nies like KUKA, Fanuc, and Motoman offer numer­ous mount­ing options and pay­load capac­i­ties to fit into any posi­tion on auto­mo­tive assem­bly lines. Robots like the KUKA KR series can be shelf-mount­ed, keep­ing them out of the way of the main flow of prod­ucts, but still in a posi­tion to do their job. They use a vari­ety of grasp­ing imple­ments, from vac­u­um grip­pers to mechan­i­cal clamps. These are help­ful in load­ing things like sheets of raw alu­minum into a robot­ic press brake, which then stamps out the frame of car doors. The true poten­tial of the prod­uct-pro­duc­ing robots like the press brake or weld­ing robots is only real­ized when cou­pled with a machine-load­ing or posi­tion­ing robot. If human error caus­es a part to be posi­tioned or loaded improp­er­ly for a weld­ing, stamp­ing, pol­ish­ing, or grind­ing appli­ca­tion the part could be ruined and mon­ey wasted. 

Auto­mo­tive machine-load­ing robots cut costs, increase qual­i­ty, and reduce part-cycle times by remov­ing the slow­er and more error prone human from the process. Machine load­ing robots have the motion accu­ra­cy to load a part cor­rect­ly every time with enough mount­ing options and pay­load capac­i­ty options to han­dle any size part in the auto­mo­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing process.

Robots​.com car­ries a wide vari­ety of machine load­ing indus­tri­al robots. If you would more infor­ma­tion on how to inte­grate one of our robots into your facil­i­ty, con­tact Robots​.com or call 8777626881.

Jul 23, 2013