Industrial robot RoboSand: a solution for sanding and milling
RoboSand is an industrial robot adapted for sanding and milling flat and volumetric surfaces. By changing the different tools of the robotic arm, parts of various sizes and shapes can be sanded and milled.
By combining more than one function, this multipurpose 6-axis robot outperforms standard CNC machines with its flexibility. This robotic cell is equipped with an automatic tool changing station that can switch to a spindle-in-hand (HSK) which can switch between different tools for processing even the most complex 3D objects. The reach of the robotic arm (up to 2900mm) allows the processing of extremely large parts, and the rotary table provides the opportunity to process the part from all sides.
The sanding robot can automatically change the sanding pads. The pad changing station can be equipped with different grades of sandpaper.
No complicated programming of the robot is required to determine the sanding trajectories. The convenient robot training system “Easy to Teach” will allow the operator to start work quickly and easily. It only takes three simple steps:
Show the sanding path using a sanding tool familiar to the operator.
The shown sanding trajectory is captured and displayed on the computer screen with the possibility to edit the speed, angle, path, and etc.
The robot starts working according to the operator’s instructions.
A robotic sanding solution will ensure consistent quality.
By handing over physically demanding work to a robot, you will create better working conditions for employees.
Such a system will help to create a uniform pace of work and cyclical production.
You can find more information about the grinding and milling industrial robot here.
Corrugated cardboard packaging is an environmentally friendly solution
Corrugated cardboard packaging is an environmentally friendly solution. Packaging products in paper-based boxes is a business contribution to nature conservation. Recycled paper makes up most of the raw material for corrugated cardboard production. Cardboard packaging can be appropriately recycled after use. Corrugated cardboard packaging is one of the most commonly recycled paper products today. Efficient recycling processes allow the reuse of corrugated boards for new packaging. Recycled paper accounts for 89% of the raw material for new corrugated boxes, ensuring the uninterrupted service life of the paper fiber.
Corrugated cardboard is a widely recycled material that, when used can lessen the environmental impact of packaging as waste is significantly reduced.
Corrugated boxes are ideal for shipping and handling with their strength offering packaging protection for all kinds of products. The corrugated carton can withstand long shipping times, making it top of the list regarding packaging solutions.
Environmentally harmful bleaches are not used in the production of cardboard. The production of cardboard from recyclable materials uses less energy and reduces CO2 emissions – the production is made from local raw materials, so long-distance transportation is unnecessary.
Corrugated cardboard is amongst the most environmentally friendly packaging materials available. Boxes made from cardboard can easily be folded away, making them easy for the recipients of deliveries to reuse.
Many consumers are already paying attention to the products of companies that care about the environment. This trend will only intensify in the future. Companies that still package plastics are risking their image in the eyes of customers who care about the environment. Ethical and responsible business today is unimaginable without proper attention to environmentally friendly packaging solutions.
Environmental friendliness is far from the only advantage of corrugated packaging. Corrugated cardboard has strength, relatively low cost, and low weight. This choice ensures adequate protection of the product during transport.
Choosing the right packaging size is essential – it continues to be environmentally friendly. After all, too large packaging means not only excessive consumption of materials and increased costs (as well as the need to use additional fillers in packaging) but also the fact that fewer goods will fit during transportation – the delivery of the company’s products will leave a more noticeable carbon footprint. The carbon footprint is an indicator of the impact of an activity, person, or country on climate change.
Industrial Robotics Company has developed a solution – the cardboard packaging robot RoboCut, which can help produce environmentally friendly corrugated boards on demand. RoboCut is an industrial robot that helps to make cardboard packaging and its parts efficiently. The dynamism and versatility of this device allow you to produce packaging of various sizes and prepare them for use in an instant. The possibility to automate the production of cardboard packaging allows avoiding the persistent storage of packaging of specific dimensions to conveniently plan the required amount of packaging and their production time. The robot for the production of cartons -RoboCut – can be controlled remotely – a physical presence is only necessary to activate it for work.
RoboCut is an excellent solution for companies that produce different custom orders. In this case, the need for a specific package size starts from 1 pc. Meanwhile, when ordering corrugated cardboard box liners from manufacturers of packaging materials, a minimum order quantity requirement is usually applied. Dedicated workers are often needed to produce cardboard box liners on site. An industrial robot for making cardboard packaging liners will allow the production of packaging on-demand using minimal human resources.
Advantages of RoboCut corrugated cardboard production robot:
On-demand packaging production is lower cost and saves storage space;
Cardboard waste is reduced – the robot makes optimal use of raw cardboard;
Simple management – the solution can be used by any production worker; no special knowledge is required.
Is RoboCut, a robot designed to produce corrugated cardboard liners, suitable for packaging your products? Several criteria are worth evaluating:
1. If you use more than 8000 m2 of cardboard for packaging;
2. If you use more than 50 different sizes of tiles per month.
Practice shows that the robot for the production of corrugated cardboard packaging on demand is excellent in the field of furniture production. Custom-made furniture often requires many different sizes of packaging. This need is perfectly met by the industrial robot RoboCut, which helps to cut packages from raw cardboard. The function of producing cardboard packaging in a furniture manufacturing company shortens the total order fulfillment time. The production of robot-assisted packaging does not require personnel to perform that function alone.
Want to know more about the corrugated cardboard packaging tile preparation robot? Contact us, and we will arrange a more detailed presentation of the robot’s capabilities.
Many business owners today understand the need to look around for robotic solutions. It looks like an unavoidable future. Nevertheless, there are hesitations – how to successfully deploy robots and make the most of their advantages in production?
Experience shows that the usefulness of robots always depends on the people who install them and work with them.
After a good analysis of the production company’s processes and the proper application of a particular robot, the challenge to use it successfully remains. In this case, easy control of the robot is a crucial factor. The industrial robot operated by any production worker will be able to be used extremely flexibly without the help of external consultants. This will not require the special skills of workers working in a team with a robot. The robot will not be left without work, even in a company with a high turnover of employees or a variety of products.
Choose the robot cell which is the most suitable for your production:
The robot performing the functions of a carpenter will be able to be operated by any CNC machine operator. The control of the robot for the production of cardboard packaging liners is even simpler. Grinding and painting robots can be trained using the unique “Easy to teach” no-code robot training technology – by capturing the movements of the human hand for the task of painting, spraying, grinding, or gluing.
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Advantages of a robot carpenter for the furniture industry
It is no secret that the furniture manufacturing sector is facing a shortage of skilled workers and a complicated search for them. The best and most experienced furniture masters lose their attention and speed over the years, and young workers did not want to choose the carpentry profession. For the reasons mentioned above, manufacturers face the problem of producing more and better products without increasing the number of employees. That’s what RoboMill, the carpenter’s robot, was designed for. The furniture manufacturing company Medienos era has a successful experience in applying this robot.
Here is ways robot carpenter RoboMill helps in furniture production:
• Enables better use abilities of the skilled employees.
• Reduces the need for new skilled workers through company and production expansion.
• Helps to improve product quality.
• Accelerates production time.
Furniture workers can do more working together with a robot. In this case, people will do jobs that require the highest qualifications and creativity. A workplace equipped with a robot will be attractive to young workers – there will be no monotonous and dangerous tasks left. The industrial robot will help attract the next craftsman generation.
A robot performing the function of a carpenter will allow:
• Produce more at the same time.
• Make orders faster.
• Better planning of production flows.
• Reduce losses due to quality problems, i.e., repair of product defects, waste of raw materials, additional work due to customer dissatisfaction.
Use a robot and increase the productivity of an existing team. Such a solution will help much more than just another woodworking machine. Acquiring a robot is a solution that will help you deal with current and future challenges and increase your competitiveness. Solutions that save human resources are the basis of a great future strategy. It is definitely not worth limiting business development for the reason “lack of people”. Robots are worth thinking about for every successful furniture manufacturer who is currently having more orders than can produce. Any order not accepted due to overcapacity is an abandonment of future development opportunities. At present, manufacturers who do not respond well to market demand are losing a significant competitive advantage. Orders not made by one furniture manufacturer will be fulfilled by a competitor. Efficient production processes are one of the most significant competitive advantages in the modern market.
In the case of the robotic cell RoboMill, several furniture processing functions are performed in one place. The example of the furniture company Medienos era shows that it takes time to move components to another location. The robot carpenter also makes better use of the production area when performing the functions of several devices.
Industrial robot – a solution for businesses that want to control the situation:
• Actively address human resources issues.
• Continuously increase competitive advantage.
• Carry out active development of the company.
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„Industrial Robotics Company“ offer solutions for furniture industry
The solutions offered by Industrial Robotics Company can be used widely and successfully within the furniture industry. Industrial robots are worth using even for small-scale production. Using robots becomes especially relevant when skilled workers are in short supply. Employees working in a team with a robot can achieve much more.
The use of industrial robots in the furniture industry is not intended to replace people but rather to improve their working conditions. By entrusting some production tasks to robots, people can do other jobs and make better use of their knowledge and skills. Industrial robots are great at performing tedious, hazardous and physically demanding tasks.
A few processes where robots can best contribute in furniture production:
A robot that performs functions similar to those of a carpenter and which works using different tools and machining methods to process small furniture components is called RoboMill and is developed by Industrial Robotics Company. This robot has a number of machining stations positioned in a semi-circular around its circumference. RoboMill uses a number of different grippers to hold and process furniture components. Grippers can be changed automatically, so no manual interference is required. The robot rotates around its axes and performs different tasks at different processing stations. The stations can be equipped with tools to route, drill, cut, plane, turn, or grind. The parts that RoboMill works on can be of different sizes and shapes. They have an automated feeding and removal system, ensuring the robot can operate autonomously. There is no need for any templates or molds, which reduces the time required to prepare the robot for component processing and so, in effect, shortens the production time.
RoboMill is a great robotic carpenter. It works well even when the number of parts produced is relatively small. There are many different processing stations positioned around the robot in the same robotic cell, so RoboMill substitutes for a number of highly skilled people working at different machines. Using a robot will create new possibilities to produce more sophisticated furniture components and upskill employees at the same time. Productivity, efficiency, repeatability, throughput, and quality can be kept more consistent and controlled better. Unavoidable human errors are removed from the equation. RoboMill is controlled via a touch screen, using a proprietary Industrial Robotics Company’s user interface that is very simple and intuitive to operate. Existing factory employees can be easily trained to operate RoboMill. Any CNC operator will acquire the skills necessary within half a day’s training.
Sanding, grinding and polishing are extremely labour-intensive processes. When a worker does long hours, the consistency and quality of the sanding process deteriorate gradually, as hands tire and overall physical fatigue is experienced. Robotising such jobs does not only help maintain consistent quality but also improves working conditions for the employees that used to sand products all day long. These employees can be upskilled to operate the robots or can be transferred to perform other, less tedious tasks. Arguably, a robot cannot do 100% of the job; however, what is left for a human operator is to finish the edges and corners where the robot could not reach, as well as do a final visual inspection to pass the product. RoboSand, a sanding, grinding, and polishing robot developed by Industrial Robotics Company, is a great solution for furniture manufacturers who sand products as a part of their daily activity. The software developed by IRC is user-friendly and requires no programming skills. It is highly flexible and intuitive. RoboSand can sand flat surfaces; it can also sand assembled products. There is an option to change sanding pads and sanding or brushing tools automatically. As long as the sanding pads are changed in time, high and consistent quality standards will be maintained, saving costs, re-work charges, and wasted time further down the line.
RoboSand is ideal for sanding flat as well as volumetric products. There is a number of pre-defined sanding paths that an operator can choose from. Alternatively, he or she is free to define a new path that is more suited for the product in question. RoboSand performs the tasks keeping the sanding pressure constant. It does exactly the same number of cycles every time and it does not stop until the job is complete. RoboSand dramatically reduces the time required to sand any product. People are saved from breathing dust, their working conditions are improved, just like the quality of a finished product, which is a win-win for all. What is more, RoboSand has an option to change tools and move from being a sanding robot to becoming a routing, drilling and milling machine. Optional functionality can be added and programmed based on any factory’s exact requirements.
Another process that has been robotized fur furniture manufacturers by Industrial Robotics Company is spraying. The job is performed by RoboSpray – an industrial robot that can paint, lacquer, spray glue or even sand blast & ice blast. RoboSpray is trained by simply showing it what needs to be done. The unique Easy to teach technology has been developed for relatively simple, programming-free (no-code) robot training. Human movements are recorded while the process is being performed, which are then depicted in a graph on the proprietary software that allows to edit each point individually or a part of the graph as required. Once any editing is done, the graph gets converted into a robotic language, and the robot is good to go. While human movements are tracked, a record of coordinates in space, tool angle and time stamp are registered. This allows to replicate or adjust human movements as required so that the robot performs the tasks at its best. Industrial Robotics Company’s unique robot training solution allows the robot to become an integral part of any manufacturing process very quickly. Complex robot training is avoided, so no additional skilled labour needs to be hired.
Simple and intuitive training opens doors for smaller and medium sized manufacturers into the world of robotics. More complicated processes can be robotized across manufacturers that produce in relatively small batches. Robots pay off quicker, as they can do so much more now.
Packing products into boxes for transportation is something rather universal across different manufacturers. If you use corrugated cardboard to make your boxes and if you require over 50 different box sizes or types to pack your products, and if you use in excess of 8,000 m2 of cardboard per month, think of RoboCut. An autonomous robot plotter that prepares box templates on demand. Save space, save cost, stay in control of your box supply. On top of all other benefits, using RoboCut is more sustainable, as you prepare as many boxes as required, when required and on site. What is more, you get better output from cardboard sheet because RoboCut comes with a software planner that helps you organize your box and inlay requirements in the smartest and most efficient way possible, leaving you with minimal waste.
RoboCut has a printer that can print order numbers or any required codes on the inner side of any template. Codes are for internal reference purposes, they should not be confused for any exterior marking or labeling. Once RoboCut prepares the templates, a human employee needs to fold the boxes and glue them into shape. The robot can work 24/7, so there will always be templates ready for when the shift starts. RoboCut comes with proprietary user-friendly software that allows an operator to tell what box size is required and choose from the proposed set of FEFCO templates or upload a DXF file and get an exact bespoke template cut out.
Industrial robots in furniture production increase productivity while maintaining or improving product quality. This is only one of the many indisputable reasons to use robotic solutions from Industrial Robotics Company. One of our customers Medienos Era Ltd have installed a variety of solutions from Industrial Robotics Company, such as RoboCut, for packaging manufacturing, RoboMill for small part processing, RoboSand for sanding flat and assembled products and RoboSpray for painting and lacquering furniture. Different operations have been robotized because of different reasons: packaging manufacturing robot allowed for 3 people to be relocated to perform different tasks within the factory; spraying robot has increased efficiency and throughput by working non-stop and providing pace for the operator working alongside; sanding robot is doing a job quicker and more consistently than human operators did before and is also stepping into a position where it is extremely difficult to find labour; RoboMill is providing a skillset that is very difficult to obtain nowadays, as younger workers are not willing to work with open blades, router heads and/or drills. It also saves space on the factory floor and does any job quicker than professional carpenters on average. Introducing these robotic solutions into the factory has significantly increased production flexibility and efficiency, simplified production planning and supervision processes, enabled the company to collect and accurately analyze processing data in real-time, improved quality and insured consistency across a varied product portfolio, as well as reduced the amount of floor space required to perform all of these operations.
Installing robots from Industrial Robotics Company in any factory does not require any special skills or labour. All robotic systems come with very intuitive and easy to use software or programming-free training technology. Industrial robots are the future of the furniture industry, but it is the future that is worth thinking and investing into today! Take steps today to avoid staffing issues, and loss of income due to limitations in throughput, efficiency, or quality control. The future is where robots help workers perform tedious and dangerous tasks, not where workers keep performing hazardous robotic operations. Soon a person that sands products with the help of a robotic arm will be easier to find than a person that has to use his or her own hand to sand these products. Human and robotic skills put together will help factories stay relevant and competitive in the market. What looks like the future today will become inevitable tomorrow. Gain a significant competitive advantage, stay ahead of the competition, and get in touch now!
Our industrial robots are designed to perform repetitive tasks with precision, freeing up valuable human labor for more essential tasks. Our robots also help to reduce costs by eliminating the need for manual labor, thus reducing the risk of human error and improving the accuracy of the production process. Whether you are looking to upgrade your production process, increase efficiency, or enhance the quality of your furniture products, our industrial robots are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you revolutionize your furniture production.