How robots are taking over the machining of metal
Technological advancements are present all around us, and in recent years it seems as though the speed at which new things are being introduced is faster than ever. In just a couple of years things come and become popular, just to be replaced as easily by something new and better. Of course, to paraphrase the old saying – nothing is so sacred that it cannot be replaced by something better, and this phenomenon is clearly visible in today’s fast way of living and technological progression. Industry is especially affected by this “fever” about robotics and programming, and more and more machines are taking over the human jobs and now they do the work that was once perhaps performed by several human workers.
Metal industry is one such area, and even though the situation is still not on the level that we can see in Sci-Fi movies, it is still present enough to make everyone realize that machines can be very beneficial and that they certainly have multiple advantages over human work force, in certain areas at least. When it comes to machining metal, machines are better and therefore required in situations when human eye and other human senses are just not capable to discern small measurements and when extreme precision is necessary. Humans can do some of those tasks, but even if they can, they usually can do it only once or twice, or couple of times at the most, while a computer-programmed tool can perform thousands of repetitive operations on machining metal.
The most popular of those machines and those systems is called CNC, which some from computer numerical control, and this process is not solely present in machining metal since it can be used in almost all branches of industrial production. These machines have several advantages over human workers, and as mentioned above – they offer better precision and the power to repeat the action indefinitely. They only require programming and small adjustments to begin the process, and once they are calibrated, CNC machines can do tons of work all on their own.
However, since machining is usually reserved for custom tools and perhaps prototypes, and not for massive production, CNC machines are perhaps not necessary in all workshops. Smaller business use different machines, and there are various types of machines out there and they can be used for various purposes. Whether you need to perform the conventional metal machining, by removing small chips of material from the work piece with the help of sharp tools, or you use non-conventional methods, with the help from chemical or thermal reactors, it is possible to find a machine that will help you greatly and it will surely pay off in the long run.
Robotic arms and robots are present in every production area, and in machining they are efficient and can be used with modern machining techniques, such as laser cutting, water jet cutting or electrical discharge machining (EDM). No matter the surface or the precision that is required, these machines will do the job perfectly and that is the reason why robots are slowly but surely taking over the world of machining metal.