MAKE Robotic Slitting Tool Automation: Impact on Safety & Productivity
As technology continues to evolve, more and more companies are turning to automation to increase productivity and safety. At Kent Corporation, we’re taking advantage of it by partnering with MAKE to offer the STAHL robotic slitting tool storage and handling system.
MAKE, a subsidiary of MTM Group, is at the forefront of developing innovative automation solutions. Their world-leading technology in slitting tool storage and handling makes it one of their most notable products for the steel service industry.
The STAHL robotic slitting tool storage and handling system is a fully automated system that stores, handles, and dispenses the heavy and potentially dangerous slitting tools used in steel coil processing. It uses a combination of robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to optimize the handling and storage of slitting tools.
Impact on Productivity
The system is designed to be fully integrated with your steel slitting line. It is also flexible and adaptable, allowing for quick changeovers between different sizes of slitting tools. This helps reduce downtime and increase productivity.
Throughout the course of a day the automated system handles slitting tools faster than a human operator. This also reduces downtime while increasing throughput.
Normally tooling changes require multiple workers. While an operator is still required, it alleviates the need for more workers, allowing them to work on more important tasks or in different areas of your production line. In addition the STAHL robot can also run lights out, preparing the next days production setups while you’re away.
The slitting tool storage and handling system is also much more accurate than humans, thanks to advanced sensors and machine learning algorithms to ensure slitting tools are stored and dispensed with the utmost precision. This reduces the risk of errors and improves the quality of the finished product.
Impact on Safety
The STAHL robotic slitting tool storage and handling system also significantly—and positively—impacts safety. Steel coil manufacturing processes can be dangerous, with heavy machinery and sharp tools present in the production environment. The knives and slitting tools themselves can be quite heavy and difficult to maneuver.
This automated system reduces the risk of accidents by eliminating the need for human intervention in the handling and storage of slitting tools. It ensures that workers are not exposed to potentially hazardous situations, leading to a safer workplace.
Furthermore, the robotic system ensures that the slitting tools are stored and handled correctly. This reduces the risk of damage to the tools themselves. It also reduces potential accidents caused by damaged tools, such as the tools breaking during use or flying off the machine.
Add a MAKE Robot to Your Production Line
As steel slitting continues to evolve, it is clear that robotic systems like this one will play an increasingly important role in ensuring safe, efficient operations.
Ready to boost your productivity while creating safer steel processing? Integrate a STAHL robotic slitting tool storage and handling system into your production line. Request a quote from Kent Corporation today.