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RoboMill – Upholstery Edition

Breaking the stereotype that upholstery production cannot be robotised

At Industrial Robotics Company, we love a good challenge. After hearing countless remarks in upholstery factories about the difficulty of automating upholstery production, we set out to change this notion. Our solution? Adapting our versatile robotic carpenter RoboMill to produce specifically upholstery frame parts. We developed the RoboMill – Upholstery Edition – a robotic solution for wood components manufacturing. It handles various upholstery frame parts and performs essential operations such as sawing, milling, and drilling. To further enhance its functionality, we have incorporated two T-Nut (M6, M8) riveting machines, automating the manual process of hammering T-Nuts into the parts. This comprehensive setup, with RoboMill positioned in the middle and tool stations surrounding it, significantly reduces logistics time within the factory. It tackles the challenges of product variety and complexity head-on, offering a reliable and efficient solution for the manufacturing of upholstery frame parts.

Advantages of the RoboMill – Upholstery Edition

  • Efficiency. Operations are centralised, saving logistics time within the factory.
  • User-friendly. No robotics or programming expertise is required. Software, including the CAD/CAM system SprutCAM and intuitive interface (SCADA), enables easy setup and operation.
  • T-Nut riveting. Integrated T-Nut riveting machines accommodate different dimensions, such as M6 and M8.
  • Error elimination. Automated T-Nut riveting always hammering the T-Nuts in the correct place.
  • Consistent quality. Delivering exceptional and consistent quality of production.
  • Flexible gripper. Automatic gripper changing station for efficient handling of parts of different types and dimensions.
  • Small-batch production capability. RoboMill excels at producing frame parts in small-batch production.
  • Autonomous. Once orders are created, a worker can fill the racks with blanks, which allows the robot to work autonomously until all orders are completed.
  • 24/7 production. The rack feeding system ensures uninterrupted material supply to the robot.
  • Material efficiency. Milling parts from square blanks minimises material waste compared to CNC nesting methods.

A unique way of producing upholstery parts

The workstations surrounding the robot enable all operations to be conducted in a centralised location. To provide materials to the robotic cell, the operator simply pulls out the adjustable racks, fills them with blanks, and pushes them back in. These racks are designed to accommodate parts of different types and sizes, making the system ideal for small-batch production. Once supplied with the materials, the robot selects a part from the bottom of the rack and proceeds to perform sawing, milling, drilling, and automatic T-Nut riveting operations. After processing the part, the robot places it back on top of the rack and continues the cycle until all blanks are completed. The system can then move on to the second rack, which may contain different types of parts. If necessary, the robot can switch to a different gripper to handle specific parts. Meanwhile, the operator can remove the first rack, and refill it with blanks, letting the robot seamlessly continue its operation.