Robotic machine tending refers to using robots to oversee machines on a production line as well as for feeding parts in and out of machines. While loading and unloading parts is the primary function of machine tending systems, often the robot performs other valuable functions within the automation system such as part inspection, blow off, wash, deburring, sorting, packaging and gauging. Using robots for machine tending decreases part cycle time and labor costs. Robots can tend all kinds of machines from presses and shears to injection molding machines. Machine tending is ideal for robotic automation as it requires high precision, repeatability, physically demanding, and could be quite dangerous for human operators to perform.
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