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Machine Tending Toolkit: 7 Tools to Automate Your CNC Machines

Alex Owen-Hill
by Alex Owen-Hill. Last updated on Jan 24, 2023 3:43 PM
Posted on Nov 11, 2022 7:59 AM. 6 min read time

A machine tending robot can help you automate the process of tending your CNC machine, making it easier and faster to produce parts.

But do you have everything you need to get started with this type of automation? It's hard to find clear, simple information about robotic machine tending.

We have complied a handy toolkit of 7 tools that you can use to get your machine tending solution up and running quickly…

What you really need to be successful with machine tending

There are various reasons you might struggle to know what you need to be successful with robotic machine tending. Robotic technology is still relatively new to most people. It can feel you have a have a lot to learn to know how to best use robotics in your manufacturing process.

The most important aspect of a successful robotic deployment is… support, support, support!

When you have the right information and guidance, you can deploy a robot to your CNC machines quickly and easily. That's why we have created this simple toolkit so you can access the right information that you need to be successful.

How to use this toolkit

This toolkit contains a handy selection of resources to help you get started with robotic machine tending. Each of the tools can help you at a different stage in the process.

You don't have to use all of these tools… or even any of them!

However, we hope they will be useful as you explore the world of machine tending automation. If you have any questions that these tools don't answer for you, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're always happy to help!

The Robotiq Machine Tending Solution at Automate 2022.

Your Machine Tending Toolkit: 7 useful tools to help you out

Here are 7 useful tools that you can use to streamline your machine tending automation journey:

1. ROI calculator

The Robotiq ROI calculator is a simple online tool that allows you to see how quickly your investment in machine tending automation will pay for itself.

Simply enter some basic information about your chosen robotic application. The tool will then generate a report showing the estimated return on investment (ROI) and payback time.

Access the ROI calculator here

2. Machine tending configurator

The machine tending configurator is an interactive online form that helps you select and configure the right machine tending solution for your application.

The tool includes a range of options that help you customize the robot, end-of-arm-tooling, and software configurations so that you can find the perfect Machine Tending Solution for your needs.

Access the machine tending configurator here.

3. Free eLearning course

Our free eLearning platform is a great place to learn about robotic machine tending and how to set up a complete system.

The machine tending course includes video tutorials and interactive exercises that guide you through the process of automating a CNC machine with a robotic solution.

Access the machine tending eLearning course here.

4. Machine Tending Solution datasheet

When you are looking to purchase a robotic solution, it's helpful if you can see all the features and specifications in one place.

The Machine Tending Solution datasheet lists everything that is included in our machine tending application kit, helping you to decide if this is the right solution for your needs.

Access the Machine Tending Solution datasheet here.

5. Client case studies

One of the best ways to determine if a particular robotic solution is right for you is to hear from other companies that have successfully implemented it into their business.

In our case study library, we have gathered stories from companies that are using machine tending robots in their facilities. These provide great insights into how machine tending can be to solve a variety of unique business problems, both with a machine tending application kit and with more custom automation solutions.

Access the case study library here.

6. Recorded live demo of solution

When we visit live trade shows, the most popular areas of our booth are the live demos of our application solutions. Live demos are a great way to see our Machine Tending Solution in action.

These videos of our live demos show how the robot, software, and CNC machine work together to streamline the machining process.

Here's a video of our solution in action from the Automatica 2022 trade fair.

And here is a recorded tutorial demo of the Machine Tending Solution that goes into more depth.

7. Machine tending blog articles

We've also got a vast collection of additional resources about robotic machine tending here on the Robotiq blog.

We've gathered together some of our best blog articles about machine tending so you can learn more about the topic. These cover a range of topics from the basics of machine tending to more advanced details and applications.

Here are just a few of our many articles and resources on machine tending:

What's your first step to a successful machine tending deployment?

With this Machine Tending Toolkit, you have everything you need to get started with machine tending automation.

Which tool should you use first? This depends on where you are in your journey…

For example, if you aren't sure you can afford a machine tending solution, the ROI calculator is a good place to start. If you're in the market for a specific solution, the machine tending configurator is probably the best place to start. And if you're just looking to learn some more about machine tending, read some more of our articles on the topic.

The most important thing is just to start!

Meet the Machine Tending Solution

Which of these tools is most useful to you right now? Tell us in the comments below or join the discussion on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or the DoF professional robotics community.

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Alex Owen-Hill
Written by Alex Owen-Hill
Alex Owen-Hill is a freelance writer and public speaker who blogs about a large range of topics, including science, presentation skills at, storytelling and (of course) robotics. He completed a PhD in Telerobotics from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid as part of the PURESAFE project, in collaboration with CERN. As a recovering academic, he maintains a firm foot in the robotics world by blogging about industrial robotics.
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