June 8th Webinar Featuring VersaBuilt President, Al Youngwerth

Cobot Machine Tending: The Ideal Place to Start Automating

Date: Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Time: 11:00 AM Eastern Time

Sponsor: Universal Robots

Duration: 1 Hour


Machine tending requires a person to stand for long hours in front of a CNC, injection-molding, or other similar machine and tend to its operational needs. The process is boring and tiresome for a human operator, which makes it ideal for automation. Not by coincidence, machine tending is the most popular use for collaborative robots. For those of you looking to set up a machine tending automation cell with cobots, or those seeking tips on how to improve your machine loading operation, this webinar will be time well-spent!

Presenters from Universal Robots and VersaBuilt Robotics will share how easy it is to set up a machine tending application that can help you shift employees to more value-added tasks while improving your overall productivity. You’ll see:

  • What makes collaborative robots safe and easy to take over your machine tending
  • Why machine tending is a good first application for automation
  • Real-world examples of cobots tending CNC machines in high-mix environments
  • New, next-generation technology that loads machines from bins
  • Steps to get started with implementing a machine tending robot
  • Considerations for machine tending in high-mix environments



Al Youngwerth, CEO & President, VersaBuilt Robotics

Al has been making innovative products for more than 35 years. After a 15-year career in software development, Al founded Rekluse Motor Sports, a manufacturer of high-performance motorcycle clutches, in 2002. In 2015, Al founded VersaBuilt Robotics to commercialize high-mix automation technology developed at Rekluse to the world market. Al holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from California State University, Chico in Computer Science. When not tinkering with robots or new business opportunities, Al enjoys riding anything on two wheels, flying airplanes and racing cars.

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John Leak, Channel Development Manager, Universal Robots

John Leak is the Channel Development Manager for Universal Robots, covering Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. He is a life-long Texan, currently living in Dallas. After graduating from the University of Texas, he has spent the last decade working in the manufacturing environment in various commercial and sales roles. John joined the Universal Robots team at the beginning of 2018 where he works to empower our customers and partners to improve their businesses and strengthen American manufacturing.

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Al Youngwerth

I’m a robotics and technology enthusiast, innovator, engineer, and inventor. My passion is developing industry-disruptive, high-value products that improve processes and bring new benefits to people’s lives. I believe there’s a better way, and I am committed to finding it. That belief drives my work and is exemplified in my most recent start-ups: VersaBuilt Robotics and Rekluse Motor Sports.

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