Robotic machine tending is the process of using a robotic system to automatically load and unload a machine tool. Tools can vary from milling and turning machines to sheers and presses. Robots are well suited for this applications because it can be dangerous for human operators and requires a high level of consistency. Other benefits include higher machine utilization, and less idle time for workers and downstream processes, resulting in higher overall production rates.
Using robots to coordinate with other functions of an industrial machine enable the machine to operate without intervention from a human, effectively serving as a component of the machine itself. This can be done a multitude of ways, from simple 1- or 2-axis setups to 6-axis industrial robot arms with ranges of motion similar to a human.
Machine tending in the metalworking industry is commonplace. Whether the process is turning, milling, grinding, broaching or boring, a robot can precisely load and unload parts, removing the inconsistencies of a manual process. Robotic machine tending is not limited to metals; it offers benefits to manufacturers also working with polymers, ceramics and composites.
Years of project collaboration with machine OEMs, robotic integrators and end customers makes Yaskawa Motoman a valuable resource for simple and effective robotic machine tending options. The recent launch of our Smart Series packages can greatly simplify robot deployment, reduce costs and offer collaborative options for machine operation.
MotoRail™uses a standard six-axis robot and a seventh axis for the rail, providing a wider range of motion and additional reach. The rail enables efficient robot use when machining times are longer and / or floor-mounted automation isn't ideal.
CNC Machine Tending Robot
Top-Loaded HAAS Machine and GP Robot
Machine Loading/Unloading with Cobot and Safety Area Scanner
Mobile Machine Tending and Inspection.
Machine Tending with MotoRail and 6-Axis Robot
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Tending and handling with YMR12 mobile robot
HP20 Machine Loading
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Motoman SDA10 robot machine tending
Motoman SIA20 robot machine tending
Automotive Console Components
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Yaskawa Motoman offers a wide range of 6- and 7-axis robots with payloads up to 600 kg. Many of these robots can be floor-, wall- or ceiling-mounted to reduce the floor space required. Internally routed cables and hoses are a common feature that make integration and programming easier.
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