Reasons To Automate Drilling With Robots

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Drilling is a common manufacturing process that involves creating holes in workpieces during the assembly of products. Like so many other manufacturing applications, drilling is now being automated by industrial robots. The automotive, aerospace, electronics, and medical device sectors are just some of the industries implementing the FANUC M-20ia and other drilling robots. While drilling processes can be performed either manually or with fixed machinery there are several reasons to consider automating the process with industrial robots.

  • • Greater Accuracy - Drilling factory robots are incredibly accurate. They are programmed to follow the exact parameters of the drilling application without any deviation. The controlled movements of the Yaskawa Motoman HP20D allow it to drill holes with pinpoint precision on every part. Drilling robots may also be integrated with robotic force sensors and automated vision systems to enhance their accuracy. Errors such as drilling holes off target or in the wrong location are eliminated with articulated robots.

  • • High Repeatability - Not only are drilling robots accurate but they are extremely consistent with their high repeatability. The high repeatability of the ABB 2600 ensures holes will be drilled in the right location and consist of the same size with every workpiece. Drilling robot manipulators are able to repeatedly deliver tooling to the correct location with the right orientation part after part. This ensures all workpieces are consistent preventing rework.

  • • Faster Cycle Times - Cycle times will become faster by automating drilling applications with manufacturing robot arms. Industrial robot arms operate at fast speeds without any delays between parts. Their accuracy and consistency eliminates errors and rework. More parts can be processed by automating drilling with the FANUC LR Mate 200id/7L and other six axis robots.

  • • Higher Throughput - With fewer errors and faster cycle times throughput will increase boosting productivity rates. Bottlenecks are eliminated with drilling processes by automating with industrial robots. Robotic manipulators are also capable of operating around the clock which further increases throughput. Stoppages with drilling robots are rare unlike with manual drilling.

  • • Less Waste - Material waste can be an issue for drilling processes that are dependent on manual labor. Automating drilling with robots reduces material waste. With error mitigation less parts will be scrapped. The need for rework will also be reduced preventing the consumption of additional materials.

  • • Lower Costs - Automating drilling with material removal robots will reduce production costs. Using robots for drilling reduces the need for human workers, lowering labor costs. The prevention of errors and waste will also reduce material costs. With fewer costs incurred, companies will have the potential to expand their profit margins.

  • • Automation of Secondary Processes - Drilling robots will also be able to automate secondary processes as well such as deburring, milling, and reaming. This streamlines production lines and makes operations more efficient. Robotic tool changers allow for the automatic switching of EOATs so robots can seamlessly transition from drilling to another application.

  • • Greater Safety - Operating drilling tools or machinery can be dangerous for humans. Tooling can be sharp and heavy while also exposing workers to debris and repetitive movements. Industrial robotic arms are better equipped to perform dangerous manufacturing processes like drilling which creates a safer environment for workers.

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