More machining, more business
“We can get more and more business into the shop, which will lead to more machines, more robots and a promising overall growth,” Caughey said.
Each spring WALT Machine must complete precision-machining of about 6,000 camera housings in just two months, using only one CNC machine.
Learning the part
Caughey used the Robotiq Wrist Camera to teach the Universal Robot to tend the CNC machine. “You take your part and set it on the surface where you want it to be picked up, and you take four snapshots of it in four different orientations.”
“I didn’t need a vision expert anymore, I could do it myself. I bought the camera, and it’s super simple. It takes about 10 minutes, and your part is taught.”
One of the main advantages of automated machine tending is the ability to schedule production during a shop’s off-hours.
The finished camera housings are taken from the work center after the multi-hour machining sequence is complete.
Parts of the process
Thanks to automated machine tending WALT Machine is in a position to expand its production volume, and president Caughey is able to focus on his new role as a sales rep.