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Collaborative Robots Cut Crown Leadtimes

A manufacturer of dental implants is realizing faster turnaround time for crowns by using collaborative robots to tend its machine tools.

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It will be interesting to see the impact that collaborative robots—robots that can work alongside humans without safety fencing—will have on our industry. This case study explains how one dental implant manufacturer uses them in the production of crowns. A single robot tends four machines, using camera technology to detect the 16 different shades of blanks used for the crowns when the blanks are picked from a dispenser. If the robot detects a problem with the dispenser, it alerts an operator to come fix the issue.

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