Helical Solutions Director of Engineering Brian McKahan and Senior Manufacturing Engineer Forrest Thurston were featured in an April 2, 2017 Strausak video entitled “Stäubli robots at Strausak, to improve machine autonomy,” in which Helical’s use of this robot arm and its production benefits are discussed.
“We just picked up the Strausak machine in October specifically for our specialty form tools.” Thurston said in the video.
“I will have all of our carbide blanks in pallets, and once the job is set up, the robot will pick up the blank and it will put it in the machine in the holder. And when the tool is finished, it will place the finished tool in a different pallet and load the next part completely unattended.”
Due in large part to the Stäubli Robots and their ability to help maximize machine potential, production levels at Helical have grown tremendously since 2016.
“As anybody knows in the manufacturing industry, the floor space is critical,” McKahan said. “You want the smallest footprint you can get and the maximum value from the machine.”