4 Reasons Why Cobots Should Be On Your Team
Machine shop owners learn quickly that they’re only making money when they’re making chips. Keeping the machine running, the spindle turning, is the key to getting the maximum out of your machine. That’s why many businesses are turning to collaborative robots to automate their machines. But exactly how will cobots help you? Here are four reasons why cobots help optimize your CNC production and why you should consider adding cobots to your team.
1. Machine Output
Using a robot to load and unload the machine always increases throughput because cobots don’t take breaks, eat lunch, get stuck in traffic on the way to work, or call in sick. Even after keeping that spindle turning longer during the shift, the robot will happily continue to work all night long.
2. Minimize Defects
Defective parts in the run are a fact of life. The most common cause of defects in CNC parts runs is misloading of the blank into the machine. When a robot takes over the job of loading and unloading the machine, the process is done identically every time. The robot doesn’t get distracted.
3. Works on any CNC
Cobots are most commonly used on CNC mills (machining centers) and CNC Lathes (turning centers). Loading punch presses, Laser cutters, pipe benders and shapers, grinders, bagging machines are all well-established jobs for collaborative robots.
4. Return on Investment
When buying new equipment, we always assess the Return on Investment. When adding a cobot to your shop, some components (but not all) of the ROI include hourly cost of the employee, hours per day the robot is working, increased spindle time, decreased scrap, ability to scale production, and increased cash flow.
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