Why Purpose-Designed Robots for CNC Machine Tending

CNC machine tending can be repetitive and uneventful. A purpose designed, machine tending robot can be used to tend machines and relieve highly-trained machinists of repetitive work thus freeing their time to be used to add value to your machine shop such as setting-up for the next job in another machine, CNC programming, and parts inspection.   Other features include:

Effective and Safe: Give dirty, dangerous, and dull jobs to robots to reduce repetitive strain and accidental injuries to humans.  If the machine-tending robot encounters a person, the patented technology limits the forces at contact. Our robots are programmed to operate safely, without gating.

Three Zone Safety Layout: We have a SICK scanner and three safety zones clearly laid out on the floor. 

Zone One: When zone one is entered, the robot switches to the reduced mode.  When the human leaves zone one, the robot resumes normal operational speed.

Zone Two: When a human enters zone two,  the robot stops operation. When the human departs zone two, the robot returns to operational mode.

Zone Three:  When a human enters zone three, the robots stops. Once the human leaves zone three, they must restart the robot by pressing the green restart button. 

 The safety system in our robots is approved and certified by TÜV (The German Technical Inspection Association).

Quicker Deployment: Robots have reduced machine tending deployment time from weeks to days for CNC machine shops. We take you from human hands to functioning robotic grippers in just five (5) days. The set-up and deployment include the integration to the CNC, the proper machine tending training, programming, and the initial pilot production run.

Flexible Automation with a Small Footprint: Don’t be limited by traditional robots that were built for a dramatically different purpose. Trying to adjust a robot designed for a different purpose to tend a CNC machine is an avoidable nightmare. 

More Reasonable Payback Period:  Add value to your machine shop with the robot arm that pays for itself more quickly than any other robot in the industry.  The breakeven for the investment can be realized in as little as 6 months, depending on the number of shifts you run annually.

The applications used most with robots are Pick and Place and CNC Machine Tending.

Robots in Action

Additional Benefits to Robot Integration

Eighty-nine percent of manufacturers have difficulty finding qualified workers, according to SME. As an industry we have seen how robots are filling the skills gap for the retiring generation of manufacturing workers. A Loup Ventures research report states that 34% of the industrial robots sold by 2025 will be collaborative – designed to work safely alongside humans in factories and plants. In order to stay competitive and have any hope of driving in millennials to your roster, the sooner you invest in robots, the more ahead of the game you will be. Millennials want the latest and greatest where they work, and they will pursue you first if they know you have the technology they seek.

Another aspect to consider is employee retention and attraction this automation has to offer.  Machinists welcome the removal of monotonous tasks and again, will seek out your company over another where this would be common in their day-to-day responsibilities.

Employers Surprise Discovery

Companies are finding that adding a robot resolves the machine tender issue and they can redeploy that valuable asset to another role in their company. 

The surprise has been that young people seeing the robot being implemented in their company realize that the organization is making a significant resource investment in their future. The company is seen as being there for the long haul. The employees become more excited about the company and their future. 

Your new machine tending robot could be your best recruiter!