How Robots are Meeting Machining Challenges

Aug 4, 2011

Robots are helping to bring amazing precision and reduced wasted to machining production lines, including milling, drilling, chamfering, and deburring. Machining robots can offer an extremely rigid and strong work force providing complex geometries and sophisticated software.

Machin­ing encom­pass­es a num­ber of dif­fer­ent mate­r­i­al removal appli­ca­tions, such as milling, drilling, cham­fer­ing, and debur­ring, per­formed by pow­er-dri­ven machine tools. Most typ­i­cal­ly met­al but also plas­tic and wood­en objects require machin­ing to achieve the right shape. . 

Machin­ing appli­ca­tions pose a num­ber of tough chal­lenges. How­ev­er, indus­tri­al robot tech­nol­o­gy has been able to effec­tive­ly meet each one. Machin­ing robots must be extreme­ly rigid and strong to be able to machine hard­er mate­ri­als such as met­al. In addi­tion, machin­ing appli­ca­tions require high-speed per­for­mance and pre­ci­sion. Final­ly, machin­ing prod­ucts with com­plex geome­tries requires sophis­ti­cat­ed soft­ware (such as Robot­mas­ter) and effec­tive EOAT solu­tions (spin­dles, etc.).

Machining robots

Ben­e­fits of Robot­ic Machin­ing:
Indus­tri­al robot com­pa­nies have real­ized the need for stur­dy, reli­able machin­ing robots. The robot­ic solu­tions they con­tin­ue to cre­ate have expand­ed the mar­ket hori­zons for robots.

In addi­tion, machin­ing com­pa­nies are reap­ing in the ben­e­fits. Machin­ing robots pro­vide time sav­ings by work­ing effi­cient­ly with con­sis­tent cycle times. They also improve qual­i­ty through pre­cise, reli­able work. Final­ly, indus­tri­al machin­ing robots pro­vide appli­ca­tion ver­sa­til­i­ty and artic­u­lat­ed flex­i­bil­i­ty – allow­ing com­pa­nies to save mon­ey by using the same robots for mul­ti­ple prod­ucts and appli­ca­tions.

Mod­ern Machin­ing Robots:
Find out about a few key play­ers in the machin­ing robot arena…

Squat­ty, 6‑axis robots such as the Motoman DX1350D pro­vide answers to tough machin­ing jobs. This robot is fea­tured in Motoman’s Per­fect Edge work­cell, designed specif­i­cal­ly for trim­ming, debur­ring, etc. The robust DX1350D has a high torque wrist and 0.06mm repeatability.

The KUKA HA (high accu­ra­cy) robot series also pro­vides machin­ing solu­tions. Ide­al­ly suit­ed for trim­ming, milling, and oth­er jobs, the KUKA KR 30 HA, KR 60 HA , KR 100 HA robots con­struct­ed for speed, rigid­i­ty, and accuracy.

Soft­ware for Machin­ing:
Prod­ucts with com­pli­cat­ed geome­tries are the norm for machin­ing appli­ca­tions. In order to achieve the same (or bet­ter) results as CNC machines, indus­tri­al robots require advanced soft­ware tech­nol­o­gy. Robot­mas­ter is one of these prod­ucts. This par­tic­u­lar soft­ware pack­age is com­pat­i­ble with Motoman, KUKA, and Fanuc 6‑axis robots.

For infor­ma­tion about Robots​.com machin­ing robots and cus­tom machin­ing work­cell solu­tions, call 8777626881 or con­tact experts online.

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