September 12, 2014
Some manufacturing people think robotic-assisted CNC machining is strictly for high-volume production. In fact, even small production runs can benefit from automating repetitive processes and freeing machine operators to manage multiple workstations.
In this video you’ll see how one shop produces lesser quantities of small parts that require multiple operations. The Fanuc LR Mate 200iC identifies the parts, picks them up correctly, loads the Okuma CNC lathe, and indexes the parts in the lathe chuck between successive operations. It’s a prime example of how a robot equipped with machine vision and versatile tooling facilitates small lot production.