Robotiq’s new product is said to stabilize production and productivity
June 6, 2022
LÉVIS, Québec, Canada—The ongoing labor shortage and supply chain bottlenecks have inspired manufacturers to develop creative solutions to these challenges. One company designed and manufactured a robotic product that is designed to make collaborative robot (cobot) automation more accessible for manufacturers.
The Machine Tending Application Solution, recently introduced by Robotiq, reportedly takes less than two hours go from unboxing to machining the first part. It requires no coding experience and reduces implementation costs by up to 50 percent, according to a release from Robotiq.
“When a machine shop owner struggles to find employees to do the work, their first instinct is to look for new CNC machines that can run unattended for longer, and with shorter changeover times,” said Robotiq CEO Samuel Bouchard, in the release. “But those machines are costly, and this, combined with a longer lead time, makes for a less than ideal solution.”
Robotiq’s new product is said to feature intuitive automation technology that emulates the machine operator. The company describes the Machine Tending Solution as “non-intrusive,” adding that it works with any brand of CNC machine. It’s not necessary to modify or alter the machine controls, the company said in the release.
“Instead of hard-wiring the machine, like with traditional automation, Robotiq’s Machine Tending Solution communication modules are non-invasive and do not require installation by certified technicians,” said Bouchard. “The solution can be deployed in 2 to 3 hours, 75 percent faster than with traditional programming.”
One manufacturer that automated its operations with Robotiq technology can attest that it simplified its production.
“This allowed us to stabilize production, delivery to customers, and productivity while solving our labor shortage challenge,” said Vincent Roussy, manufacturing engineer at Usinatech, in the release.
On the shop floor, the solution is also said to deliver peace of mind.
“I never thought a robot would replace me, and I am happy to have my three robots,” said Hugo Santos, an operator at Usinatech, in the release. “My speed keeps increasing.”
According to Robotiq, its mission is “to free human hands from repetitive tasks.”
“We empower manufacturers by automating tasks with robot solutions that are easy to use. Since 2008, we have freed more than 26,000 hands worldwide, providing easy-to-use cobot solutions to manufacturers of all kinds,” the company said in the release.