Robotic Machine Tending & Deburring

Machine Tending Case Study

Business Objectives

  • This facility has 3 existing CNC machines and required an efficient way to introduce a 4th
  • Human operators were performing intensive manual labor interacting with the machines

Robotic Machine Tending & Deburring

This customer's facility had 3 existing CNC machines and required an efficient way to introduce a fourth. Bastian Robotics developed a robotic system solution to service all four machines and greatly increase operational efficiency and throughput.    


Key Technologies

  • FANUC R-2000iB 165kg Machine Tending Robot with R30iB controller
  • Integrated robotic cable management system
  • FANUC  Soft Float option allows compliance between robot and machine tool fixtures while loading parts
  • Allen Bradley 1768-L4xS Compact GuardLogix® Controller used to control cell and cell safety
  • Custom Part Gripping End of Arm Tool with 2 parallel grippers used to handle 30 pound parts
  • Custom Bastian Slat Conveyor used to feed raw parts to robot and take finished parts from cell
  • Robotic verification of part machining, followed by deburring of machined surfaces utilizing axially compliant fixed-mount deburring tool
  • System interfaces with multiple CNC machine manufacturers
Part-Gripping End of Arm Tool

Part-Gripping End of Arm Tool


See the results

Machine tending robot was added to service all four CNC machines and greatly increased efficiency

CNC machine utilization increased by at least 25%

Daily throughput was increased by nearly 350 parts per day and more than 80,000 parts per year

Improved operator ergonomics

Accumulation allows for 20 minutes of unattended run time

Custom Slat Conveyor

Custom Slat Conveyor


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