Automate your CNC machine tending with a robot arm from Universal Robots
Improve speed while reducing the risk of injury associated with working in close proximity to heavy machinery. If the CNC robotic arm comes into contact with a person, our patented technology limits the forces at contact. UR robots can also be programmed to operate in reduced mode when a human enters the robot’s work area and resume full speed when the person leaves.
Universal Robots provides a future-proof platform for small businesses looking to optimize productions. If your work flow changes, the UR robot can be deployed quickly and easily in new constellations due to its small size and lightweight design.
California-based RSS Manufacturing and Phylrich, who manufacture plumbing fixtures and fittings for faucets, needed to meet a new monthly order of 700 valves. Their CNC machine was able to produce 400 valves per month with two shifts – so even if they put a third shift on it still wouldn’t be sufficient to meet the target.
Instead of buying another CNC machine RSS decided to search the market for robotic arms. The solution, however, would have to match RSS’ highly specialised short run production facility with turnaround time as quick as 24 hours.
“In a flexible environment like this, you need a flexible robot. One that can work without safety cages, one that is portable and one that can be reprogrammed quickly”, says company CEO, Geoff Escalette.
RSS’ many demands were met by a UR5. The robotic arm was put to work 24/7 and within 11 days the order of 700 valves was ready to be shipped off. And this was only the first step towards optimising the production. When the UR5 was deployed to feed tubes into a mandrel tube bender, the RSS team was in for a surprise.
“We had not expected the robot to be able to operate so fast. It pushed the limits of the mandrel bender so much that hydraulics in the bender overheated and started to malfunction”, says Escalette. “But it did produce 1500 pieces in four hours. It would have taken us two to three days to accomplish with manual labour. Now we have optimised the bender to keep up with the robot”.
The master plan of RSS was to be competitive with overseas manufacturers and bring back manufacturing jobs to the US. And the UR5 has contributed significantly to this plan. Not only does the robotic arm make it possible to increase production speed without buying additional CNC machines. The UR5 has also opened up 30% more capacity on existing machinery.
RSS Manufacturing and Phylrich
Manufacture of high end plumbing fixtures and fittings for decorative faucets
Furniture and equipment
Automation challenges solved:
Increased production needs are met by addition of UR5, saving costs, giving RSS a competitive edge with overseas manufacturers
Key Value Drivers:
Easy programming, Fast Set-Up, Flexible Deployment, Collaborative & Safe
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