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Phillips partners with Universal Robots for cobot CNC machine tending
announced a distributor agreement intended to make it easier for manufacturers to apply collaborative robots to machine-tending tasks.
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We can help them understand that UR collaborative robots are easy to deploy and to adapt to almost any environment with relatively little work.
The UR+ ecosystem of suppliers and vendors allows us to quickly customize a robot for a machine-tending solution with a set group of vendors.
Shepherd: Anybody should be able to afford and put in a robot, and it shouldn’t require a tremendous amount of engineering to put in.
Together, we’re working with positioning of parts, making it easy to adapt and addressing the fact that most target manufacturers —
Half or more of the cobot applications are pre-engineered, so users can produce parts by the end of a shift, speeding payback.
VersaBuilt stepped in for this challenge, and its interface enables any program stored on the Haas CNC machine to be executed through UR’s teach pendant.
Garner: Our 160 employees advise customers on what manufacturing technologies are available and new, and how to apply them to their current shops.
Two years ago, Phillips dedicated a team of application engineers to help optimize manufacturing processes.
This could be tool paths, more sophisticated applications of UR cobots to processes, and redeploying existing labor to other areas of the shop floor where it’s needed, such as programming and quality assurance.
It’s based more on not knowing about them, so it’s more effective to hold open houses or lunch and learn sessions.
Once customers can see how simple the robot is to program and deploy and how easy it is to change from one machine to another, they grow in acceptability.
Robotics was traditionally in heavy manufacturing, automotive, and construction, so a lot of people don’t think that robots are for them and are too busy to go to trade shows.
It’s more about how to to better utilize the available technology and the current workforce’s skills and creativity to increase productivity.
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will further the rapid deployment of cobots with Haas CNC machines, offering machine shops a safe, user-friendly solution to optimize spindle uptime. “Having an expensive machine sit idle and missing out on orders due to lack of staffing is every manufacturer’s nightmare,” says Stu Shepherd, regional sales director for the Americas division of Universal Robots (UR) that has already sold more than 1,000 UR cobots for tending Haas CNC machines.
“There is no hardwiring or complex coding involved in getting a Universal Robot to communicate with a Haas machine since UR has solutions like the VersaBuilt software that facilitates two-way communication between the UR cobot and the CNC.” VersaBuilt’s Haas CNC Integration Kit is a simple yet powerful interface that enables UR cobots to easily execute any machining program stored on the Haas CNC directly through the cobot’s own teach pendant, maintaining all Haas safety interlock features.
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