That machine tending is essential for any factory is out of question. For many years, companies have been using this method of loading and unloading of machine tools, albeit with a significant level of human resource involvement.
In the Step-by-Step Guide for Machine Tending eBook, you will find how machine tending can be automated. This summary will look into all the four major parts of this eBook, namely:
2. Automation data
3. Robotic cell design
The above list is essentially all about what automated machine tending is. The first step is about setting baselines for the project.
This eBook explains that there are four types of baselines: general baselines, process baselines, part baselines and CNC machine baselines. Going through these categorizations helps in defining and identifying all the factors needed for robotic cell implementation.
An important thing to note at this stage is the need to involve experienced managers and machinists in order to get the best shop floor input. As the eBook reiterates, these baselines chart the direction, whether or not to adopt a robotic Machine Tending cell.