Grinding is a key material removal process on any shop floor. Mill scale needs to be removed. Weld seams need to be blended. Deep scratches, splatter and general markings need to be eliminated. Wielding the all-important angle grinder can be physically demanding and requires the right application of force, speed and abrasive media to get the job done.
In non-automated setups, operators must rely on experience and visual inspections. Too much force, or the wrong angle, can lead to material gouging, especially with thin-walled parts common with stainless steel. It’s a tedious process that can lead to rework, unnecessary scrap, and unhappy customers.
Our Smart Finishing Robotic Workcell systems include the option of a Grinding Kit to automate your grinding material removal processes:
Precise force and speed applied to parts for more consistent output
Extend abrasive life and reduce usage by 30% or more
Boost your production capacity and reduce rework costs
The Smart Finishing Robotic Workcell features a Grinding Kit option that includes the hardware, tooling, and our proprietary AI software to perform a range of operations to meet your production needs. Common applications include:
Grind weld seams down to match surrounding area, without gouging part material.
Cleanup and refine edges from cutting and machining operations.
Prep source parts for further processing and remove scale from the mill.
Take the first step to supercharge your high-mix operations. Typical system payback is 6-18 months. We'll provide a customized, free analysis for your operations.
Robotic grinding consists of an industrial or collaborative robot arm with an angle grinder end effector tool to perform a variety of material removal and "cleanup" operations on metal parts. Due to the importance of contact force and tool movement speed, a force control approach is often used for the best quality output.
When performed manually, grinding operations can be hazardous to employee health, especially without the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). This can include long-term effects due to dust inhalation and vibrational impact. Robotic grinding protects workers from these hazards while offering more consistent quality, higher production output levels, and more predictable adhesives usage.
Definitely! Our Smart Finishing Robotic Workcell is designed with the high-mix manufacturer in mind. Our integrated vision system and proprietary AI software scans, understands, and automatically programs and operates the robot for whatever part, or batch of parts, is present.