Manufacturing has been obsessed with automation for a long time, and it's been one of the biggest industries primed for automation to grow. While many who hear this phrase may first think about robots, generally automation refers to minimizing the tasks needed to do by physical operators to make workshops more efficient, safer and more accurate. Instead of robots, most automation happens through the development of smarter machinery.
One great example of clever engineering to increase efficiency through automation is the TigerStop AutoLoader. The Autoloader integrates with the TigerSaw 1000 to greatly increase productivity for high capacity wood and metal processing.
Running the TigerSaw 1000 at full capacity can require up to three operators; one to load, one to cut material, and one to sort parts at the back end. The Autoloader can cut this back to just a single operator. The solo operator simply loads the Automatic Infeed Station with up to five pieces or bundles at a time. After loading the operator can then make use of their time by completing other essential tasks like sorting cut materials that have been inkjet or label printed on the TigerSaw.
The AutoLoader works by first indexing the timber or metal and then feeding it through the sawing station automatically. An IR sensor underneath the table allows the loading table to know when the material is pressed up against the back fence and ready to cut. This process will continue until more material is needed or the cut list is complete.
The Automatic feeder while simple in its concept presents huge benefits to a workshop. First, the reduction in labor from up to three operators to a single operator, not just saves potential wages, it also offers an opportunity for that unneeded stuff to do other value-adding tasks or increase efficiency in other parts of the workshop.
With the Automatic loader, you can easily operate at full capacity with just a single trained operator. The Automatic feeder is also configurable to your needs and workshop specialization.
It is possible to customize the number of Automatic Infeed Stations based on the length of the material you need to process. The design of the system allows for the integration of 2-7 stations in 3 or 6-foot increments, which will accommodate material ranging from 4 feet to 30 feet.
The initial costs of the automatic feeder can be quickly returned because you will be able to process more material with fewer operators. When combined with the TigerSaw 1000, the Automatic Feeder has the potential to streamline your workshop, increase accuracy, efficiency, and quality. TigerStop is a well-trusted brand within the industry providing highly accurate cutting systems to a range of workshops around the globe. They pride themselves on providing solutions to manufacturers that increase yield and productivity while reducing waste and labor.
As a company, TigerStop is determined to empower local manufacturers to be globally competitive. The company looks to help builders design a custom cutting system that best suits their working conditions and succeed in the market.