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How do you automate your machining department?

As an entrepreneur or production manager, you are convinced of the added value of automation, but how do you proceed? Regional Sales Manager Benelux Lex van den Hoven explains in this article how Cellro can help you automate your machining department.

 

First steps towards effective automation

Innovation is deeply rooted in the machining industry. The desire to continuously optimise the production process is an excellent starting point to join us in looking at whether, and how, our automation solutions can support you in this. We will help you make an analysis in which numerous aspects are taken into account. Which CNC machine tools do you use, what kind of products are predominantly manufactured by your company and how large are the average series of these products? The geometry of the products, the types of material used and an estimate of the average cycle time (production time) can also be included in the analysis.

Functionalities for unmanned production

The primary aim of automating a machining department is to increase the capacity of one or more CNC machines by linking them to a robot cell. To generate maximum production output, an important step is to automate small(er) series unmanned. The analysis mentioned earlier gives a good indication of how long unmanned production can take and how much storage capacity (drawers and inlays) and tools – drills, milling cutters and chisels – are required. Functionalities that Cellro offers to make this possible are Job Management, Fixture Exchange for CNC milling machines and Collet Exchange for CNC lathes.

Automation is more than just a robot

In practice we see that many entrepreneurs invest in robot loading systems as a first step. It is often thought that a robot immediately provides extra hands and thus production capacity. However, the real profit and customer value lies in the digitalisation. Think of real-time insight into your production in order to be able to steer proactively. It is better to notice certain things in time than to be able to react only afterwards (usually too late). Digitising offers you the possibility of integrating existing business systems, which reduces failure costs, eliminates human errors and optimises planning. Moreover, it enables you to produce small series in a flexible way, really 24/7.

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Hardware cannot exist without software and vice versa

In Cellro’s automation solutions, hardware and software go hand in hand. A robot cannot be optimally productive without the automation and digitalisation surrounding it. When you choose Cellro, you choose an automation solution that is future-proof. For example, what will your production look like in a few years’ time and what requirements will customers and suppliers place on your company? In that respect, it feels comfortable to invest now in automation that can be extended modularly in the future. We provide a ready-made automation solution for now and also challenge you to think about the roadmap for automation needs and possibilities for the future.

Ask about the automation solutions from Cellro

Cellro provides sustainable automation solutions which keep pace with developments within your production processes. Would you like to know more about this? Then get in touch with us, we’d love to be of service!