Abstract

Robotic automation of CNC machines is becoming more popular as robot technology advances and becomes more readily available. While some CNC machines can run autonomously with part catchers, vertical milling centers require an external entity to keep the machine running. Collaborative and Industrial robots are the two main selections for automating a vertical CNC milling machine. We investigate specifically which robot type is most effective for machine tending a Haas VF2 vertical milling center. To do this a cell floor plan, risk assessment, overall equipment effectiveness evaluation, and a total cost analysis are performed to compare robots. With this results of each analysis process, it appears the industrial robot is most effective for the machine tending case.

Thesis Completion

2019

Semester

Fall

Thesis Chair

Wu, Dazhong

Co-Chair

Xu, Yunjun

Degree

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)

College

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

12-1-2019

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