What to Consider When Adding Robotics

The successful implementation of robotic systems into a shop takes careful planning, from the type of robot to related components to shopfloor safety. Here’s an article that details what to consider.

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Changes in technology force shops to continually adjust their production strategies in order to stay competitive. Considering how CNC control changed what happens inside the machine tool, robotic automation is having a similar impact on what happens to that process on the outside of the machine tool.

Robotics allow the combination of precision machining control with the part-exchange sequence still common today. Along with bar feeders, pallet changers and gantry loaders, robotic automation lends an additional ability of using lower cost machine tools in combination with lower cost robotic systems to help businesses be more competitive in today’s global market.

The successful implementation of robotic systems into a shop takes careful consideration. Different types of robots and their effect on operations and productivity, necessary sub-systems, and shopfloor safety all need to be taken into account. Read “Developing a Company Plan for Robotics” for a detailed strategy for re-evaluating the impact robotic automation can have on your shop’s productivity.