Knives have been an essential tool for humanity’s survival from the very beginning. From our very first baby steps as a species up to the 21st century, the knife has evolved. If you are a knife-maker, you should know that you are upholding thousands of years worth of metalworking tradition.
To be able to create a truly balanced knife with a razor-sharp edge is a truly great feeling. However, as a knife-maker, you should also open yourself up to new concepts and innovations such as using industrial robots during the knife-making process. Using robots may seem a bit too extravagant, but they do provide integral applications that will make the knife-making process so much easier. Here are some reasons why you should consider using industrial robots in your custom knife-making business:
1. They Speed Up the Work Process
Making a customized knife can take some time because there are a lot of facets that you have to take account of. You have to cut metal sheets or ingots to fit your needs. You also have to melt and shape them at a specific heat. Then you have to make the handle out of a specified wood or horn.
All these steps are very work-intensive and can eat up a lot of your time. Luckily there are industrial robots that can speed up the work process.
With industrial robots to handle key jobs such as cutting the metal sheets, or shaping the handles according to your specifications, you’ll have more time to spend on other facets of the knife making process.
2. More Efficient Assembly
Things can get rough if you are a one-man team. This is especially true if you get a big order and you’ll need to meet a certain deadline.
Luckily industrial robots are perfect for assembly line applications. Certain industrial robots such as the articulate robot arm have the dexterity and flexibility to assemble complex products such as cellphones and television sets. So assembling a set of Tanto or Bowie knives will not really be a problem for them.
3. Specialized Knife Sharpening Robots Have Been Developed
One of the most important aspects of knife-making is the sharpening process. A knife with a blunt blade is technically useless. Humans are not infallible though. We are prone to mistakes, and even if you are a master knife maker there will be times where your knife is not as sharp as you would want it to be.
Fortunately, there are industrial robots that specialize in sharpening knives. These robots are designed to sharpen your knives in the most effective and efficient way possible. With these robots, your blades will be sharpened to a razor-sharp point. You also won’t have to risk your fingers sharpening the blade yourself.
4. Less Hands-on Contact with Blades
When it comes to handling blades, it is important that there is as little skin to blade contact as possible. Our skin has toxins and oils that can induce rusting in the blade. It can also leave marks on the blade. Remember that you are selling customized knives. That means your knives should be in the best condition possible. There should be no scratch marks, rust, or smearing on the blade.
By using industrial robots in the manufacturing process, there will be a lot less skin to blade contact. Articulate robot arms are particularly useful because they are dexterous enough to assemble and pack up your knives with minimal effort.
5. Multiple Applications
Industrial robots are truly mechanical marvels. They are all extremely versatile and can fulfill multiple applications. This makes them very useful for the knife making process because there are various steps to making a quality knife, and industrial robots can be customized to fulfill these roles incredibly well. If you need holes to be punched through the hilt of our knife, in order for it to be screwed on tightly, a specialized robot can do this with ease.
You can also customize your robot into picking robots. This will allow them to do the pick and place function with incredible efficiency. The same can be said for metal cutting, welding, gluing, and assembly. Overall, industrialized are highly customizable and can fulfill a multitude of roles in your knife-making business.
6. Consistent Quality Control
If you are selling customized knives you should take your quality control as seriously as possible. Remember that your main selling point is the quality of your work. That’s what separates you from low quality, assembly line knives. So whether your client wants you to make them a 12-inch Bowie knife or a 7-Inch Tanto, your main priority should be to get every aspect of the knife right.
This is where industrial robots are essential. Unlike humans that are prone to mistakes, industrial robots are very precise. This means any measurements, paint job, or sharpening that they make will be very precise. Overall, having an industrial robot to help you in your quality control will save you a lot of time and effort.
7. Industrial Robots can take over Undesirable Tasks
In any business, there are tasks that are undesirable, but you’ll have to do them. These tasks could be loading and unloading supplies, cleaning the equipment, or just the usual menial task associated with your business. Fortunately, industrial robots are well-equipped to handle these tasks and can do them without tiring or complaints.
Custom knives are not your run of the mill knives. They are specialized products that clients are willing to pay a good deal of money for.
So you owe it to your clientele to give them your best work. It can be difficult to consistently create top quality work. Luckily with the help of industrial robots, you can be assured of creating high-quality products conveniently and faster.