Deburring Automation - Smoothing Out the Rough Edges
In the past, this task was performed manually. Recently, companies have been yielding the benefits of automatic deburring. When the finish is important, automated deburring is a more consistent choice since grinding workers deburr differently, and certain part geometries take longer than others. These variables are reduced when the process is automated, as well as build extra capacity so that parts can be cut, deburred, and sent quickly to the next process.
Still not convinced? Robots not only increase precision, which improves the quality of a part, but they don’t get fatigued during a long shift. They can work endless hours, and are more accurate, consistent, and time-efficient than a human.
Deburr options usually include both radially- and axially-compliant deburring end of arm tools for robots. Both types of tools are useful in deburring a variety of materials, such as aluminum, plastic, and steel.
Radially-compliant deburring tools are turbine-driven units especially equipped to remove parting lines or flash from parts. These type of tools compensate for surface irregularities, which are inevitable. They require no oil, and have radial compliance. The high spindle speeds contribute to the optimum finish.
Axially-compliant deburring tools are low-weight air tools with a floating rotary cutting burr. They are suited for edge-deburring and chamfering of parts using a robot. The vane-type motor increases the torque in response to the demands of the deburring process.
Rotary deburring has a 45-degree cutting angle with a constant force riding on a cushion of air, which provides compliance. The air pressure controls the constant axial force, and ensures the compliance is both lateral and axial.