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Robotics Success Stories
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Robotics Success Stories

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OEM Pump Manufacturing
OEM Pump Manufacturing

We provided a complete production solution to this customer which replaced more than fifty traditional machine tools that were combined into seven different production cells. This reduced floor space requirements, part cycle time, work in-process, and improved part quality. Changeover of the automation is done by selecting a different part number from the cell control’s HMI touch panel. One half of this cell can be in automatic operation while the other half is being changed over to a different part.

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Medical Parts Processing
Medical Parts Processing

This custom system runs with one operator who primarily attends the tooling and turning process details. Raw barstock is loaded into the 4 CNC swiss style turning centers where the part process is performed, while the robotic portion handles the remainder of the process. Complete parts, ready for final inspection, reporting, and packaging are delivered to the cell operator on custom trays. Complete part traceability is achieved. 

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RoboFlex® Flexible Handling System
RoboFlex® Flexible Handling System

We added a RoboFlex automatic part loader to this cell to automate the part handling and machine load/unload function, and a servo-controlled door operator for high speed door operation. The production rate went from 100 parts per 8 hour shift to 150 parts per 8 hour shift, a 50% increase! While this gain is not always possible, it has been common to see a 25-30% increase in part output for machines that have had a RoboFlex automatic pallet switcher installed on them.

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Adding Machining Capacity
Adding Machining Capacity

The system that we provided to this manufacturer allows flexible operation and the ability to easily add new parts to this system. The multi-tasking turn/mill center allows full turning, milling, drilling, in one operation. A special transfer device and second operation workholding allows the complete processing and part transfer of this challenging part. 

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Hydroforming Cell
Hydroforming Cell

The system that we provided to this manufacturer allows complete machining of this part with no machine operator present. The system when fully loaded will run for 12-14 hours. It takes about an hour to unload, replenish, and service the machine. This can mostly be done while the equipment is in operation. Provisions were built in originally to allow a second machine and robot to this system which will allow twice as much output from the system without modifying the pallet transfer equipment. 

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Flexible Multiple Cell Operation
Flexible Multiple Cell Operation

This fully automated two machine turning cell cost about the same as a twin spindle, twin turret CNC turning center yet is fully automated. It needs just a few minutes per hour of operator attention to keep it fully loaded, and to maintain part quality, and machine tooling. This production cell is versatile. It can easily be changed over to run many different kinds of two operation turning jobs in the future. A quick change gripper allows end of arm tooling to be prepared in advance and changed over in a few seconds for another job.

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High Accuracy / Volume Manufacturing
High Accuracy / Volume Manufacturing

The system that we provided to this manufacturer allows complete machining of this part with no machine operator present. The system when fully loaded will run for 4-5 hours. It takes about an hour to unload, replenish, and service the machine. This can mostly be done while the equipment is in operation. The simple single nest fixture has replaceable nests for quick and easy part changeover. Standard machine and fewer mechanical components allow high machine uptime, and better part quality. 

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Aluminum Extrusion Processing
Aluminum Extrusion Processing

The system that we provided to this manufacturer allows flexible operation and the ability to easily add new parts to this system. The vision system, placed over the in-feed conveyor, allows many different parts to be processed without the need for special escapements or part positioning hardware. A rotary, trunnion-style fixture with high precision receivers allows quick change over, and the ability to process multiple part faces in one clamping. 

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OEM Manufacturing
OEM Manufacturing

The system that we provided to this manufacturer allows flexible operation and the ability to easily add new parts to this system. The vision system, placed over the in-feed conveyor, allows many different parts to be processed without the need for special escapements or part positioning hardware. The multitasking turn/mill center allows full turning, milling, drilling, tapping, and porting in one operation on this twin spindle mill/turn center. Part quality is up, cycle time is down, and work-in-process is eliminated.

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Job Shop Manufacturing
Job Shop Manufacturing

We provided a robotic loader which allowed the cell operator to leave this cell running for about an hour without any attention. This lowered the cost of production enough to make the part reasonably profitable. Additionally, the loader was able to be easily re-tooled at the completion of the contract. This enabled this manufacturer to keep benefiting from the automation solution.

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