Presrite Corporation was looking to increase throughput and fill a workforce gap by automating their process.
The existing process used a conveyor to deliver 40-120-pound billets at 2223 degrees to the pick location adjacent to the first station of the forge press. The operator used a long set of tongs to lift the part and place the billet onto the first station. After his first hit by the press, the operator uses the tongs again to quickly move the billet to the second station. The part was pressed a second time before moving to the last station where it was shaped to the final forging.
Presrite was interested in automating this process with a forging robot.