Many parts manufacturers, particularly SMEs, continue to use CNC machine tools that cannot be automated or are not configured for automation. These tools need at least one skilled employee to operate and monitor them at all times, which means the tools are idle when the employee is not present. If there is a shortage of skilled staff due to annual leave, sickness, parental leave or urgent orders, it is often difficult, or impossible, for companies to adapt their capacity. Industrie-Partner, an innovative and customer-focused supplier of mechanical engineering solutions, is at EMO Hannover 2019 to unveil Robo Operator, which aims to help out when staff shortages loom.
Robo Operator is designed to be a mobile and flexible automation solution that can be used to run virtually any CNC machine tool independently. Thanks to the minimal preparation, setup and programming involved, Robo Operator can be started up in next to no time, even by staff with no programming experience. The robot is then instantly able to take on the third shift or weekend work completely autonomously, thus also significantly improving machine tool productivity.
Prospective users can check out the benefits of Robo Operator for themselves on a completely risk-free basis by simply renting the robot from Industrie-Partner’s subsidiary EquipmentRental for a short time. Industrie-Partner points out that any problems can generally be resolved quickly and easily by a member of the service team, who can access the robot directly via the cloud. What's more, thanks to AI and machine learning, Robo Operator "notes" the troubleshooting strategy so that it can use it autonomously for future issues.