Benefits of Machining Robots

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For years CNC machines have been the primary source for automating machining applications. However, in recent years manufacturers have begun automating machining applications with industrial robots as CNC machines are starting to be phased out of many factories. Machining robots can automate the same processes CNC machines are used for. These include milling, drilling, cutting, deburring, and grinding among others. The ABB IRB 4600-60 is integrated with a center point tool to perform machining tasks. The reason robot manipulators have emerged as a better alternative to CNC machines is due to their many benefits.

Flexible Automation

The number one benefit of the FANUC M-710ic/50 and other machining robots is they provide flexible automation. Articulated robots can automate multiple machining processes. The Yaskawa MH50 can perform cutting and then be used to automate grinding. Factory robots can automate multiple tasks simultaneously while CNC machines are limited to just one single task. Industrial robot arms can be deployed for multiple projects and easily adapt to any production changes.

Not only are industrial robotic arms flexible with the types of machining processes they can automate but also with the types of workpieces. Handling robots can work with a variety of material types from soft to hard. CNC machines are only effective for machining hard materials. Six-axis robots have a full range of motion and the ability to access workpieces from any angle allowing them to work with parts of complex geometries. They can also handle small to large parts whereas CNC machines are unable to machine large workpieces. With machining robots manufacturers are rarely limited by the types of workpieces, allowing for greater manufacturing capabilities.

Limited Supervision

Another benefit of machining industrial robotic arms is they require little to no supervision. Machining robots can run twenty-four hours a day since they can operate autonomously. CNC machines require an operator to run and monitor them, although some CNC shops have started automating the machine tending process with robots.

Higher Productivity

With the ability of manufacturing robot arms to operate for long periods of time, higher productivity rates can be achieved. Cycle times become faster as robot manipulators are not dependent upon the speed of an operator. They are programmed to move from part to part without unexpected delays or interruptions.

Safer Operations

Manual machining can be dangerous to workers as most processes involve sharp tooling. While tending CNC machines can also be hazardous to workers with repetitive movements and lifting of parts. Robotic manipulators make productions safer by removing workers from the machining process.

Streamline Productions

Automating machining can streamline production lines and help save space. The FANUC M-20ia can automate multiple processes reducing the amount of machinery needed. If using CNC automation, multiple machines would be needed for each process. In addition, less personnel will be needed on factory floors since robots require little supervision.

Lower Costs

Companies may be able to reduce their costs with robots by up to 50%. With less equipment and workers needed production costs are reduced. Higher productivity and accuracy mean more parts are machined in less time with no errors to correct, further reducing production costs.

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