Manufacturers are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve their processes and increase productivity. Robotic automation has been proven to be beneficial due to higher machine uptimes, increased flexibility, and process consistency. Employees are removed from potentially hazardous environments, and manufacturers can benefit from a decreased number of human workers. Robotic automation enables machining shops to produce more parts with less capital and labor.
The robotic machine tending market is steadily increasing, and robots offer maximum performance and quality. Using a payback analysis, a robot cell producing small parts has around a one-year payback. Since machine uptime is increased, the parts are produced more quickly, contributing to the fast return on investment. Multitasking robots can even coordinate arm motion with other activities, so that simultaneous tasks are achieved. A 30% increase of productivity is achieved with a robotic automation system.
Robotic automation is also efficient for material handling and setup because production becomes predictable. Human error is eliminated, and the time spent on fixing costly mistakes is saved. The robot performs its programmed task repetitively, allowing manufacturers to predict their throughput accurately.
Robotic vision applications have increased production output by 20% and reduced changeover time by 50%. Vision is a fixtureless approach that reduces costs and lost production time caused by changeover adjustments.
FANUC introduced the Toploader series of robots as the culmination of a market investigation that proved scalability of conventional gantries should be combined with the versatility of floor-mounted robots. The Toploader series are designed for material handling and machine tending, but can also perform operations such as deburring, palletizing, and gauging.
The FANUC Toploader robots improve machine productivity by 30% while reducing capital and maintenance costs. Installation is easy, which reduces costs associated with time, and these robots adapt easily to existing plant layouts.