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Utilizing Robotics in CNC Machining

At Machitech Automation, we design state-of-the-art CNC cutting systems using a water variety of cutters including plasma, oxy-fuel, waterjet, fiber laser and more. Our systems are complete, containing everything you need to begin easily begin cutting immediately upon installation. But, while our systems are complete, many clients need specialized options or additions to meet their unique business needs. Because we have extensive experience in the industry, we offer a number of additions and options that can be combined with our exceptional CNC cutting systems to enhance your abilities and expand your fabrication options. One of those options is to add a robotic arm to your system for specialized cutting.

Utilizing robots for your CNC machining needs can offer a number advantages. First of all, it can save quite a bit of money. Because they are fast, efficient, and reliable they actually reduce labor needs which ultimately saves on the cost of production. Furthermore, robots can execute five and six-axis cuts unlike other CNC machines that have more limited axes of motion which means that robots can cut more accurately and more quickly. American Machinist explains how robotics can work in CNC machining, “Shops typically use conventional robots equipped with spindles for trimming, cutting and deburring around part profiles. But these shops must “teach” robots by moving them to multiple points around parts, and the more complex the part, the longer teaching takes. And teaching robots to go from one part to a different one requires even more teaching. Robots in a robotic machining cell move from one part to the next without having to be taught, and do so with less than 30 minutes of preparation time, no matter what the level of part complexity. If an operator is unsatisfied with a robot’s cutting path in a robotic machining cell, he can change the cutting path in the CAM system or he can manually teach the change and insert it into the toolpath, resave the program, and run it…Shops with robotic machining cells can work on whole parts in single setups because the cells do not have exactly defined work areas as machining centers do. Parts can rest on a shop floor or they can be clamped to workholding tables and, as long as the setup is within the robot’s reach, they can be machined. In some instances, the robot’s reach can extend to 25 ft.” At Machitech Automation we can elaborate on the benefits of robotics and answer any questions you might have when selecting a robot for your CNC machining needs.

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