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Machine Tending

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Pressed to Increase Throughput but Spending Your Time Searching for Machine Operators?

You are not alone!  Global staffing shortages are making it harder and harder for manufacturers to run more product in shorter amounts of time.  When it comes to machining operations, we hear that often and manufacturers are also reporting:

  • An increase in poor quality parts which increases scrap and rework costs.

  • Increased downtime due to an unreliable workforce.

  • Operational inefficiencies resulting in inconsistent output.


The answer?  Automate your boring, repetitive machine tending operations.  Whether you’re running mills, lathes, drilling and tapping machines, or press brakes, the repetitive nature of loading and unloading parts makes it an ideal application for automation and manufacturers are seeing the following benefits:

  • Improved quality through consistent part loading reducing the amount of scrap and rework needed.

  • Labor challenges seen in these roles are resolved.

  • Operational efficiencies increase machine utilization and minimize production downtime.

  • Machinists can tend several machines and focus on higher level activities

Automation Inc understands the challenges you’re facing and can guide you through your automation project, setting your machine tending efforts up for success.  We’ll help you evaluate your current machining processes and select either a turn-key solution or a customized system. 

Solutions from Our Partners

We partner with world-class robot and robotic accessory manufacturers to ensure that our customers have the best automation equipment integrated in their applications. 

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  • LoadMate Plus™ simplifies machine tending, compatible with a range of Mitsubishi robots and machine tools.

  • Flexible cell with easy integration and programming.

  • Can be set up on one machine for long jobs, or moved around between machines as jobs require.

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  • Non-invasive CNC automation that will monitor machine systems, start machine cycle, and control workholding.

  • Integrate and deploy quickly with cobots from Universal Robots.

  • Powerful software guides you through setup from start to finish, making a complex application simple.

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Our team of robotic specialists will work with you to find the best solution for your application, performing evaluations through proof-of-concept testing & time studies.  We’ll help you select the ideal applications and then conduct simulations to test and demonstrate that the robot will meet your requirements.

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