Robot-assisted machining

New ideas lead to innovative technical solutions and improve cost-effectiveness in production processes. In addition to the machine tools currently available on the market, industrial robots are increasingly being implemented as a cost-effective, flexible and automated manufacturing solution for machining processes. The improved efficiency of sensors, actuators and data processing together with their ease of integration make it possible to use robots for much more than just typical handling and assembly tasks. The performance characteristics of robots, such as speed, repetition accuracy, absolute accuracy, handling capacity and rigidity, are constantly being improved. For this reason, robots are increasingly being implemented as an economic and flexible alternative to machining tools.

The greatest advantage of using robots rather than conventional machine tools for machining processes lies in their flexibility and process integration (e.g. machining, handling, assembly). Complex workpiece geometries can be processed without re-clamping and machining costs cut significantly.


  • Analysis of existing processes and definition of requirements (processing geometries, clamping forces, clamping conditions)
  • Determination of the flexibility of robot systems
  • Design of clamping devices and transport systems for workpieces
  • Selection and certification of tools for robot-assisted machining processes (drilling, milling)
  • Selection of suitable component processing strategies to meet customer requirements
  • Investigation and evaluation of process quality on the basis of specific boundary samples
  • Optimization of drilling, sinking and milling processes
  • Process capability studies on robot systems
  • Selection of suitable extraction concepts for dry machining processes
  • Estimation and confirmation of cycle times on the basis of specific components