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Maximize Human Potential in CNC Machining Operations

Problem

Fusion OEM is a small machine shop in the Chicago area. Named one of Forbes’ top 25 small American companies in 2017, it has always aimed to stay ahead of the game through innovation. But recruiting a good machinist in the Chicago area is a tough task for any machine shop.

Solution

Head machinist Davin Erickson saw a video of a collaborative robot tending a CNC machine on social media and immediately set about convincing CEO Craig Zoberis to buy one. Now—one year later—Fusion OEM has four Universal Robots equipped with Robotiq’s Hand-E Adaptive Grippers, Force Copilot software for simple force control programming, and Insights monitoring software to improve production capacity.

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Machine Tending

By the numbers
4
Robots
Fusion OEM deployed four collaborative robots within a year
50
Percent
Increase in production capacity with cobot-tended machines
4
Times
Cheaper to run the same job with a collaborative robot than a human worker

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