Problem: A Minnesota die casting company utilized a robotic automation system that tended to a series of horizontal machining centers. After a few years of operation, the production requirements changed significantly. The die casting company desired to move the automation away from the horizontal machining centers completely, and instead integrate the automation into to a vertical machining center and lathe. Rather than undergo the costly expense of replacing their existing robotic automation system, they were looking for a way to alter and adjust it to meet the new application requirements they had set.
Location: Litchfield, MN
Problem: As with many manufacturing companies in Minnesota, DII Attachments (formerly known as Bobcat) of Litchfield is dealing with a shortage of qualified welders. This shortage creates a challenge when it comes to capacity and getting product delivered on time. Additionally, Bobcat’s large weldments were not compatible with traditional welding robots.
Solution: Bobcat called on PRI Robotics to help them find a solution to their capacity dilemma. PRI worked cooperatively with Bobcat to develop the most effective solution and system configuration. The final design included two of FANUC’s new M710iC/10L welding robots and (3) servo-controlled workstations. Resembling large giraffes, these robots have a 122″ radial reach and a 22# payload. Utilizing “dual arm technology”, the two robots share a common teach pendant so safety and programming are optimized. PRI also worked closely with Bobcat to integrate three hydraulic fixtures provided by Bobcat and custom programmed by PRI.
Outcome: The robots have been installed and they are producing quality weldments. The capacity issue has been resolved.
Is your business or operation experiencing an obstacle or shortage? We will visit your location and quickly be able to determine if one of our robotic solutions is right for your application. Why wait – contact PRI Robotics today!