Advantages of Automating Bonding Applications with Robots
Robotic bonding involves integrating an industrial robot with a glue dispenser in order to apply adhesives to workpieces to join them together. The FANUC M-20ia and the Yaskawa MH50 are both ideal for automating bonding applications. As more manufacturers automate their productions there is an increasing number of bonding robots being installed on production lines. The growing number of bonding robots is attributed to their many advantages.
Improved Product Quality
Automating bonding applications with industrial robots results in an extremely precise process. Factory robots are programmed to accurately follow application parameters, dispensing the correct amount of adhesive in the right location. The ABB IRB 2600 can apply adhesive beads precisely from part to part without any inconsistencies. With accurate bonding product quality significantly improves as products will be longer lasting by preventing improper gluing.
Reduced Scrap Rate
With the precision and accuracy of the FANUC M-900ia/260L and other bonding robots scrap rates will decrease. Fewer errors due to improper application of adhesives means less parts will need to be discarded. With less scrapped parts material waste will decrease. The accuracy and consistency of bonding articulated robots will allow manufacturers to be able to accurately plan and budget for materials.
Less Consumable Waste
Not only will the scrap rate be reduced due to the accuracy of robotic bonding but the use of consumables will also decrease. Industrial robot arms are programmed to use the correct amount of adhesive with every part. They are able to control the amount of glue dispensed ensuring that the glue is never over applied. With manual bonding it is impossible to control the amount of adhesive used. Workers are unable to apply the same amount of adhesive to every part, resulting in more consumable waste.
Automating bonding applications with robot manipulators will lower production costs. Using the Yaskawa ES165D to bond workpieces together means fewer workers are needed. The efficiency of the ES165D allows it to take over the workload of several human workers. With less workers involved with productions there will be fewer labor costs incurred. Less scrap and consumable use will also lower material costs.
Faster Cycle Times
The accuracy and speed of six axis robots will result in faster cycle times. Industrial robotic manipulators operate at much faster speeds than humans are capable of. They move from part to part without hesitation or any distractions unlike with humans. Fewer errors means less time is taken for rework.
With faster cycle times comes higher productivity. More parts can be processed with manufacturing robot arms than with manual bonding, increasing throughput. Industrial robotic arms can also operate around the clock allowing bonding applications to run twenty-four hours a day. With robotic bonding manufacturers can meet high consumer demands without having to add additional workers or equipment.
Bonding robots are incredibly adaptable with the ability to work with a variety of material types and parts. When products change bonding robots can quickly be reprogrammed to adjust to changes without having to take time for retraining as is the case with manual bonding. Quick changeover times help prevent long periods of downtime.
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