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Many businesses rely on machines that are decades old, and those machines develop a great deal of wear and tear over time. Maintenance costs and down-time for repairs can be a costly expense and severely hinder production line throughput. An automotive parts manufacturer came to Midwest Engineered Systems afflicted with that very problem.
Midwest Engineered System built a fully automated assembly line that required no manual labor to perform the assembly operation. Robots using a vision system would pick and sort the multiple types of triggers as they travel on a single conveyor. On a separate conveyor, filled bottles would arrive at the bottle assembly station.
Automating high volume production operations is relatively straight forward: design a specialized machine that only produces one part. The rest of the time is spent to make it robust enough to do it at speed and for a long time before service.
In the automation world, many times it’s the gripper that packs the most innovation on a system. The grippers are where the automation system actually interacts with the products moving through the cell.
We’ve put together three important truths about collaborative robots that a manufacturing engineer or manager should understand before taking the plunge on a cobot for their processes.
A part of what we pride ourselves at Midwest Engineered Systems is keeping up to speed on the latest technologies in automation. With that in mind, we’ve brought in one of FANUC’s latest collaborative robots from the CRX series of industrial robots.
There’s plenty of machine tending systems on the market, but how do the parts arrive to these systems? Chances are, there’s a large amount of manual labor being used to unload pallets and bins to feed them.
MWES offers UR robot system service on-site to get the most out of your robotic arm without wasting months learning how to program them yourself.
An example of proof of concept testing for a previous project. In this video, we’re testing the capabilities of industrial robots to cut a section of heavy pipe. The pipe was a stand-in for the large steel parts the eventual automation system.
Welding together complex assemblies of numerous components can be done with automation – and without massive investments in systems and workforce to make it go. Many times, with proper weld fixtures, even loading and unloading the process doesn’t require a trained welder.