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A Beginner’s Guide to Automation

Many machine shops are utilizing automation in their day-to-day processes and they discover new benefits frequently. Yet, there are some shops that are finding it difficult to make that first step towards automation adoption. Management of these companies is often trying to tackle automation on a larger initial scale than necessary. The correct approach is to work on one process at the time and gradual introduction of automation. This can be through the automation of the material feed system or end of arm tooling. Once the benefits are clear, it is easier to see the big picture of automation in their production processes.

Key Takeaways:

  • Robots are gaining widespread acceptance and popularity for their material handling capabilities.
  • Different robots are designed for different kinds of environments. For manufacturing companies, it is important to select an appropriate industrial grade robot.
  • Most robot companies have payload checking software to ensure that the payload is within the robot’s specification.

“At the heart of the loading system is the robot, and many different brands, styles and choices can be considered.”

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