Increase routing quality with robots

Oct 6, 2013

When your routing manufacturing line is seeking enhanced performance, look no further than automation. Robots are able to removal material from a work piece effectively and efficiently, ensuring a very quick and efficient routing process. Routing robots can also be adapted to a variety of needs with the flexible EOAT options that are available.


When a man­u­fac­tur­er choos­es to auto­mate a rout­ing appli­ca­tion, his pro­duc­tiv­i­ty will increase will pre­ci­sion and accu­ra­cy will increase. The rout­ing process removes mate­r­i­al from a work piece, for either uni­for­mi­ty or aes­thet­ic pur­pos­es. Robot­ic rout­ing ensures a quick and effi­cient rout­ing process.

Rout­ing robots have flex­i­ble end-of-arm tool­ing, which allows the robots to per­form many mate­r­i­al removal appli­ca­tions. The Open Gantry Con­cept is designed to offer a mul­ti-mod­u­lar option for rout­ing and oth­er cut­ting process­es. This con­cept uses robots installed in a gantry con­fig­u­ra­tion to pro­vide opti­mum reach-ability. 

KUKA prides itself on its robot rout­ing sys­tems that remove mate­r­i­al to cre­ate a uni­form work piece accept­able for man­u­fac­tur­ing. The KR 60 HA, one of the mod­els in the KUKA rout­ing robots line, has a pay­load of 60kg with a reach of 2033mm. It is designed for high lev­els of pre­ci­sion, and is ide­al for intri­cate appli­ca­tions. The oth­er mod­els in the rout­ing robots line from KUKA are the KR 100 HA, the KR 3, and the KR 30 HA.

KUKA part­nered with Encobotics Inc. to cre­ate a plas­tics rout­ing cell. KUKA KR 6 mod­els are 6‑axis robots that com­bine with quick change tool­ing to make up the Robo-Router cell. The Robo-Router reduces costs, scrap rates, and employ­ee injuries for com­pa­nies cut­ting plas­tics or wood.

Anoth­er part­ner­ship between Fanuc and KMT Robot­ic Solu­tions has enabled both com­pa­nies to enhance their prod­ucts. Fanuc robots are used in all rout­ing and drilling appli­ca­tions for plas­tic, com­pos­ite, and soft-trim prod­ucts in the Americas.

Fanuc’s rout­ing robot line con­sists of the R‑2000iA with a pay­load of 165 kg and a reach of 2650 mm, along with the LR Mate 100iB, LR Mate 200iC, M‑10iA, and M‑710iC. All of these mod­els will increase prod­uct qual­i­ty. The M‑900iA/​260L robot arm can per­form var­i­ous rout­ing pat­terns on both plas­tic and foam mate­r­i­al with its extend­ed reach of 3100mm. Its spin­dle can reach 12000 RPM.

Rout­ing robots increase qual­i­ty and speed of appli­ca­tions while decreas­ing cost and haz­ardous work­ing con­di­tions. Robots​.com is a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor of Fanuc, KUKA, Uni­ver­sal Robots, Motoman and ABB robots. Con­tact us today for help inte­grat­ing the best one to fit your needs; online or at 8777626881.

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