Collaborative Robots in Zinc Die Cast Manufacturing

Deco Products recently invested further in robots used in our zinc die cast manufacturing process. At Deco Products it is our first collaborative robot. Collaborative robots are used in the industry specifically in areas where people work. Collaborative robots are safe to work around humans because of their special sensors that recognize when it has made contact with a human or an object foreign to itself. Another safety adaptation of collaborative robots is the speed. Collaborative robots, unlike the industrial robots used in our plant, are run at a speed that is slow and controlled.


An alternative to a collaborative robot is an industrial robot. Deco products has industrial robots that are used in a large part of zinc die cast manufacturing at Deco Products. Industrial robots are secured in a cage, keeping them out of human way to prevent injuries. An image of an industrial robot working in a cage is pictured below. Industrial robots work by recognizing a part, grasping the part, trimming the part, properly discarding the scrap, and placing the manufactured part in the appropriate location. This allows production associates and machine operators to focus on the production of other parts, thus speeding up production.


At Deco Products we have intentions to use the collaborative robot for buffing zinc die cast parts which hold sharp edges after being trimmed. This will be our first robot used outside of a cage and right along side our production associates. Deco Product’s collaborative robot will be used for exactly as it’s name says; a collaboration with our production associates for producing consistent high quality parts.

Deco Products has been a “Made in USA” zinc die casting manufacturer since 1960. Deco Products provides exceptional service and quality products for a multitude of industries. A few services Deco Products provides are custom precision engineered zinc die casting, powder coating, assembly, CNC Machining, and DFM-Part Design. Deco has been a stable and reliable supplier to the industry and continuously strives for being the best value for its key partner/customers.

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