Cost Reduction Due to Lasers

Feb 12, 2013

Laser industrial robots is saving companies lots of time and money due to the technology and software updates that are quickly emerging. Fanuc is able to increase accuracy and productivity with its automated solutions, while also decreasing production costs.


These days more and more com­pa­nies are reduc­ing their costs due to the use of lasers and indus­tri­al robots. Sys­tems by ADI­GE and soft­ware by Fanuc Robot­ics are increas­ing accu­ra­cy and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty while decreas­ing the need for labor­ers, there­fore great­ly reduc­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing costs.

Orig­i­nal­ly an acronym for Light Ampli­fi­ca­tion by Stim­u­lat­ed Emis­sion of Radi­a­tion, a laser is a device that gen­er­ates an intense beam of light through stim­u­lat­ed emis­sion of pho­tons from excit­ed atoms or mol­e­cules. Though pri­mar­i­ly used for illu­mi­na­tion, lasers have become extreme­ly use­ful in com­mer­cial, indus­tri­al, and mil­i­tary applications.

Per­haps most impres­sive is a laser’s abil­i­ty to cut through met­al, mak­ing it espe­cial­ly use­ful in man­u­fac­tur­ing. This appli­ca­tion, and the abil­i­ty to com­bine lasers with robots, has been a major fac­tor in reduc­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing costs both domes­ti­cal­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly. Laser machines are used for cut­off, bevel­ing, and cut­ting (slots, holes, notch­es, and oth­er fea­tures) in tube and pipe. Because of the laser, cuts are much clean­er which improves part qual­i­ty. Com­pa­nies like Fanuc Robot­ics have cap­i­tal­ized on the abil­i­ties of lasers and incor­po­rat­ed them into their robot­ic devices. This has reduced, and in some cas­es elim­i­nat­ed, the man­u­al han­dling of parts. Because of this there has been an incred­i­ble decrease in the amount of peo­ple need­ed to pro­duce some­thing. Robots can run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with lit­tle to no human atten­tion. Also, these robots with laser tech­nol­o­gy are quite accu­rate and elim­i­nate human error, there­by reduc­ing costs.

Fanucs Laser­Mate RTC (Robot­ic Tube Cut­ter) is one of these laser-robot prod­ucts. It con­sists of a laser head indexed with a two-axis ser­vo device, inte­grat­ed with a six-axis robot. Its cut library, which stores tube sizes and fea­tures, facil­i­tates part changeover. It also pro­vides nest­ing for best use of stock, and its mem­o­ry can hold instruc­tions for man­u­fac­tur­ing up to four unique parts from a sin­gle tube.

Over the past fifty years the use of lasers and indus­tri­al robots has changed man­u­fac­tur­ing around the world and has reduced costs dra­mat­i­cal­ly. The next fifty years will sure­ly see even more pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and cost sav­ings as these tech­nolo­gies con­tin­ue to evolve.

Con­tact Robots​.com rep­re­sen­ta­tives today for more infor­ma­tion; they can be reached online or at 8777626881.

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