Category: Robot Application


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Can Robot milling replace a traditional CNC machine?

Robot Milling

Robot milling involves adding the flexibility to replace a traditional CNC machine

Robot milling can now replace a machine tool in certain applications, bringing a high level of flexibility to use different tools in the 3D space. Robots are capable of producing the highest quality complex and unusual geometries parts. Automated milling systems can have flexible tooling for specific material removal.

Robot Milling can process a variety of different materials from alloys to plastics and from foams to timber. A robot is capable of milling any object of any size or shape by just adjusting the robot programming and end-of-arm-tooling.

We can find Industrial robots in a great variety of applications such as handling, welding, assembling and robot milling operations. Especially for machining operations, industrial robots represent a cost-saving and flexible alternative compared to standard machine tools. With the knowledge of interaction along the milling path, a general model-based path correction strategy is presented to significantly improve accuracy in milling operations.

Why working with a industrial robots?

Automotive Industry is using Robotics, where the robot usually execute a single routine following a set of 3d-Curves (circular or linear interpolations or PTP (Point to Point) movements). You just need to program the robot once to do the same operation for the whole lifecycle.

Milling Automation is a fairly new application for robots and not widely used. Programming is still a big challenge because the robot’s programming software does not support automatically programming of multiple tasks and spline-geometry.

With using CAM software, we have the advantage that we can use the CAM-strategy of contour milling, the end mill can follow the splines according to the surface normal.

 Robotic milling is advantageous in several aspects:

  • Increase Flexibility – Robotic milling greatly increases the flexibility of milling.
  • Lower Cost – Robotic milling can be cheaper than CNC.
  • Through the flexibility in workspace the robot supports undercuts and can work from all directions.
  • A further advantage is the (non-cubic) workspace. In contrary to portal milling machines, a robot does not operate within a fixed frame.
  • Calibration and self-reference of the robot: the robot can reference its own position to the model.
  • Industrial robots can work in diverse are as 3-D-printing as well as for milling or drafting.

CAD-CAM Solutions

Phoenix Control Systems will guide through the robot automation and complete the project. We will design, implement and test the complete systems.

Check also Welding Robotic, Assembly robots, Palletising robots and Welding tomorrow


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Robot welding automation using 3D printing

Even though, companies have the idea that robots are difficult to program, they soon learn that robots are easier to program and that in the long run it’s easier to train someone to operate the robot than teaching somebody to weld.  Now, however, a team of students at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands has taken another approach – they’ve created the world’s first stainless steel bike made via a welding-based 3D-printing technique.The students want to demonstrate the potential of the robot welding technology. See video

Why to invest in robot welding automation?  

Robot welding automation is no longer just for large manufacturers; it also offers benefits for small enterprises. Robot welding is an automated process that improves productivity and weld consistency to lower costs for production, labour, materials and it also helps companies gain a competitive advantage over those businesses that have not made the transition to automated robotic welding.

The decision to adopt robotic welding automation is getting easier every day because the lack of skilled welders available to fulfill the requirements of large and small companies.  They can also gain greater flexibility through adding automation. Particularly SEMs are beginning to make the investment in this technology and realizing positive results.

Key Considerations

There are some key considerations to make before adding robot welding automation in your company. It is important to ensure that the parts to be welded are appropriate to an automated welding process, selecting the right system, physical space and training welding operators properly are just a few factors that can help companies gain the best in efficiency and maximise the return on investment.

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Benefits of robot welding automation

  1.  Robotic welding offers consistency and high repeatability of the welds produced. A robotic welder is more consistent and thorough and can move from one weld to the next quickly, speeding up the entire process.

  2. Significant improvements in productivity and finished part quality

  3. Lower production costs by reducing labour requirements. You can have a good welder supervising the work of several automated cells instead having to find and train a lot of welders for the job.

  4. Consistent cycle times, no break in production, and better weld allowing for less weld spattering and less post-weld clean-up

  5. Reduce the time and money spent on rework. Lower welding production costs by reducing waste materials.

  6. Robot based welding automation can tolerate much harsher work environments

Our expertise

Phoenix works with you to ensure that you get the best of your return on investment (ROI) on your robotic welding systems.

Contact Us for free consultation for the most convenience automation solution for your company.


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Why you should invest in robotics & robot automation?

Robot automation & Robotics equipment

Robot automation & robotics equipment are easier to calculate the Return on Investment (ROI)  than when you are investing in share or stocks market.  In fact, we can say that manufacturing is probably losing money if they don’t have robots in their automation process.

By 2019, more than 1.4 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories around the world. The strongest growth drivers for the robotics industry are found in China. So says the 2016 World Robotics Report, as published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

The current global leader in industrial robot automation is South Korea (478 units), followed by Japan (314 units), Germany (292 units) and USA (164 units).  See more Survey: 1.3 million industrial robots to enter service by 2018

Lower levels of robot automation investment among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) may be due to the concerns over the costs, although the falling cost of robotics technology may make automation more accessible to small and medium companies.

In which areas your business has the greatest opportunity for future investment in Industrial Robots & robotics equipment?

Manufacturing parts see an opportunity for automation, many others areas such as assembly, packing, machine loading and palletisation are also increasing. Therefore, these and others applications are increasing each year.  Companies may have the opportunity to invest where there is greater potential to increase productivity.

Why more and more companies are investing in robots?  Big enterprises as Google Inc. has been acquiring multiple robotics companies for over two years, but Google is primarily an online adverting company that trades. Others big enterprises as Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are interesting, but not pure investment plays in robot automation.

Companies would like to have more information from suppliers about how automation will improve their business before their invest in robot automation or any robot equipment, Phoenix would provide you the most recent information to help you to take this very important decision.

Where does automation have the biggest impact?

Sectors indicating the highest levels of robot automation are heavy industry, medical devices and building products. Our economic also highlighted different between UK manufacturing sub-sectors.

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What areas will impact on investing in robot automation or robotics equipment?

There are a numbers of areas that will increase when investing in robot or robotics equipment, some of them are:

  1. Productivity and quality of the products
  2. Consistency with minimum or none errors
  3. Better cycle time of manufactured the products
  4. The number of health and safety issues
  5. Increased waste created by the operation of the business

Our economic suggests increased in automation would not only have a positive impact, but would also safeguard manufacturing jobs in the future and it would also benefit in creating new jobs opportunity in others related industries. People perception is that increasing automation has a negative effect in manufacturing workforce.

See more interesting data and graph: Survey from Barclays “Future-proofing UK Markets”