Sanding Robots Provide Consistent and Smooth Surfaces

 

Sanding robotsWhen looking for that perfect finish, one must pay close attention to how the preparatory work is completed. This is an instrumental stage, key for providing optimum product results. 

Enter innovative robotic sanding solutions. 

Robotic sanding produces a product that is far superior to manual processing, in all respects.  It smooths down surfaces using a custom end of arm tooling in order to produce a clean, even, silky, and finished product.  Automated sanding is able to create a consistent, 100% reproducible, and top quality product.

Robotic sanders can either help sand something prior to painting or for a fixing stage in the development of production. Whatever your finishing needs may be, the skills and daily fitness of manual workers are no longer of concern. These automation systems can create superior reliability and ultimate versatility on your production line.  The difference between a sander and a polisher is merely the type of head you put on the push corp spindle.  This means that an investment in one of these industrial robots increases adaptability, versatility, and enables a multitude of jobs.

Some sanding robots can also conduct an automatic changeover of its abrasive material when necessary, exchanging old paper for new paper in around 15-30 seconds.  Additionally, automated sanding systems typically save about 30% of time when compared to manual sanding.

Another huge advantage about integrating an automated sanding system is that they can work with a variety of shapes, sizes, or materials. Additionally, sanding automation systems will complete a job through the programming of a robot to conduct the same movements a human would do while sanding a work piece.   Manual sanding comes with  constraints, hardships, and dangers that can end up making the process more lengthy and costly, in the end.  Everything is automated when sanding solutions and the robots are able to work 24 hours a day.

Watch as an ABB IRB 6700 IRC5 robot easily sands and buffs a product below.


Robotic automation is constantly adapting and evolving at fast rates to meet the desires of the customers.  In sanding systems, these advancements make a robotic sanding system even more convincing for your surface finishing needs.

Robotic sanding now has software and hardware upgrades available that can truly change the game of manual sanding. Robots are now equipped with sensor systems that help maintain the contract pressure in all positions, no matter the shape, size, or material.  These sensors and software programs can more accurately regulate the contact pressure than manual, hand-held sanders.  A robot can also be programmed to sand with different contact pressures or removal rates, depending on need or programming select.

There are different advanced software programs depending on the manufacturer. 

Click the following links to read more specifics about FANUC's Tactile Intelligence System, ABB's Integrated Force Control, Motoman's MotoFit, and KUKA's integrated sensors. 

Each manufacturer aims to help the robots sense and see their environment and work pieces.  For any finishing job, such as sanding, the ability for a robot to see and feel with vision and force control technologies truly raises the technical capabilities of robots and improves the overall economics of using them. These superior capabilities also enable an easier adaptation to varying surfaces, part variations, dimensions, locations, and consistency of materials.

RobotWorx offers a variety of sanding robots by MotomanFANUCKUKA, and ABB. Experts are ready to help talk you through your needs and find the best solution, even if that means integrating a customized system for you. Contact RobotWorx experts online or at 740-251-4312.

 
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