Vision-guided collaborative robots deliver fast return on investment in production of firehose valves.
The short story
Task Force Tips, a manufacturer of firefighting equipment, wanted to promote and maximize their personnel tending machining cells into more complex tasks while keeping spindle time up and product quality consistent. The solution were four collaborative UR robots that can be flexibly deployed between tasks.
Task Force Tips in Indiana has integrated robots with machine tools as far back as 1990. Those robots however, were dedicated to working only on the machine they were installed with and could not be moved to other machines:
“So what happens is the machine wears out first and now you have a $100,000 robot that you can’t do anything with. We had heard of collaborative robots that could be used in a much more flexible manner, so we decided to explore this new technology,” says CEO at Task Force Tips, Stewart McMillan.