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End-of-Arm Tooling Cuts Assembly Costs

Since the early days of manufacturing, man has always tried to further innovation while simplifying construction. Assembly robotics is no exception.

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There is one major question that manufacturers need to answer when attempting to pare down their processes: How do we cut costs?

The answers are simple – combine processes, eliminate processes, and realign manpower. Manufacturers are able to achieve these goals by integrating assembly automation into their facilities.

One way manufacturers are reaching these goals is by using different end-of-arm-tooling, also known as end effectors. While human workers use tools like wrenches, drills, etc. when they are assembling items, assembly robots use end-of-arm-tooling, like varying grippers, to complete the application.

Gripper end effectors can be used to assemble many products, when manufacturers take into consideration the differences in gripping tolerances, depending on the material. Once that is considered, the assembly robot can be programmed to grip the different parts.

Assembly gripping end effectors can be claw grippers, hand-like grippers or even vacuum grippers. Items with more width, depth and height can be picked up by claw assembly robot grippers, while flatter items, like panes of glass, are better picked up with vacuum assembly robot grippers.

With the varying end effectors on the market today, and the plethora of assembly robots that these effectors can use these effectors, manufacturers trying to automate their robotic assembly processes can be left feeling a little overwhelmed.

That is where RobotWorx comes in.

RobotWorx is a certified integrator for many robot companies, including FANUC, Motoman and KUKA. RobotWorx not only sells new and refurbished single-robot arms, dual-robot arms and workcells, but also customizes these items with the right controllers, safety packages and end-of-arm-tooling for the customer.

If you are considering automating your assembly application, contact RobotWorx today at 740-251-4312. Our team of highly-skilled technicians and engineers will work with you to customize the perfect assembly system for your facility.

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