Machining is the process of material removal of a metal “blank” in order to produce a desired complex shape.

Machine tending refers to the automated operation of industrial machine tools in a manufacturing plant, primarily using robot automation systems. While loading and unloading is the primary function of machine tending systems

Often a robot performs other valuable functions within the automation system such as autonomous vehicle part delivery and removal from the cell.  Other tasks can be automated and integrated within the holistic view of manufacturing included CMM / part inspection, gauging, blow-off, wash, deburring & finishing, sorting, laser ID marking, packaging and shipping.

Benefits of machine tending systems include:

  1. increased productivity
  2. decreased direct labor
  3. longer machine runs – 24/7
  4. improved machine utilization
  5. decreased overall production costs
  6. improved product quality
  7. enhanced machine safety
  8. operational flexibility
  9. inventory optimization

Because of the sophistication, functionality and costs associated with machine tending systems, most manufacturers require a capital approval process prior to investing in these systems where executive management must approve the purchase. Typically, an ROI (return on investment) is calculated to justify the purchase.  Futura Automation is equipped to assist with current cost capture and ROI calculation

Major Vertical Milling machine builders are:

  1. Fanuc:  Robodrill D21B5
  2. Haas: 5 Axis: VF, VR, GM, UMC
  3. Hurco: 5 Axis: U, BX, SRT, VC/VCX
  4. Mazak: 3, 4 and 5 Axis; INTEGRIX, VARIAXIS, VORTEX
  5. DMG Mori:  CMX V, DMP, DMX, DMC V, NVX; 5 Axis:  DMU, CMX U
  6. Okuma: GENOS, MU, VTM, MILLAC
  7. Toyoda:  4 (FV-65, -80, 90) and 5 Axis
  8. Matsuura:  MX, CX