Machine Tending

Application Overview

Using robots for machine tending decreases part cycle time, saving you money while ramping up productivity. The process of feeding parts in and out allows the operation to be ready as soon as the current cycle is complete. Industrial robots are a great automation solution for this application. 

Using a robot also removes the operator from potentially dangerous work environments. Unattended machining centers can provide the best ROI for volume machining applications.


Featured Products

ABB IRB 1600

The highest performance 10kg robot. The IRB 1600 has up to 50 percent shorter cycle times than competing robots in material handling, machine tending and process applications. It speeds up and slows down faster than other robots, saving time while moving between tasks. This is possible due to ABB’s patented second generation QuickMove motion control, combined with the robot’s strong motors and low friction losses in the spur gears.

Get to know the IRB 1600.

ABB IRB 2600

The IRB 2600 is the second model in the sharp generation range with enhanced and new capabilities. It is a compact robot with a high payload capacity. The design has been optimized for targeted applications like arc welding, material handling and machine tending. The IRB 2600 is available in three variants, with options for floor, wall, shelf, tilted or inverted mounting onfigurations.

Check out the IRB 2600.

Doosan M1013 Collaborative Robot

The M1013 from Doosan is a versatile collaborative option for your machine tending needs.

  • The high-tech torque sensor is capable of detecting subtle force changes of up to 0.2 N, providing the best collision sensitivity level for safety in the industry.
  • Six high-tech torque sensors capable of sophisticated tasks contribute to high-level force control and compliance control.

Learn more from Doosan and watch below for a demonstration.

Schmalz Magnetic Gripper
  • Magnetic gripper for handling of perforated metal sheets, complex laser-cut workpieces, and metal sheets with holes and apertures
  • Handling of ferromagnetic workpieces

Learn more from Schmalz.

RSP Parallel and Three Jaw Grippers

Omil grippers available through RSP are cost effective alternatives to other grippers. See the product lineup here.


Cables and hoses are often the main factors limiting robot movement, often causing unpredictable production stops. At the same time, there is great demand for a compact cell layout and flexible production.

CiRo is a cost-effective solution to achieve the flexibility of internal cabling. Hoses and cables for air, signals and power can be selected according to the requirements of the application. Axis 6 can rotate with extended freedom.

Learn more from RSP.

Machine Loading with Pick-it 3D

See a Pick-it 3D equipped robot load two different parts (cylinders and blocks) that are detected with the same set-up using one Pick-it 3D robot vision system and loaded onto two different CNC machines.

The FLEX vision engine enables different geomoetric shapes to be identified without changing programming settings.

See it in action.

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