Blistering temperatures, metallic dust, and molten materials – any of these factors would contribute to a harsh work environment, and a foundry has all three. However, these factors have also helped to keep foundries on the forward edge of the robotic automation frontier.Typical foundry work includes pouring melted metals into molds, transferring the molds, breaking the metal parts from their molds, and removing material from the metal parts to make them uniform.
Advances in 6-axis robot technology have made it possible to build smaller and much, much BIGGER robots.Meet the industrial robot heavyweights. These burly, heavy duty robots are designed to handle the biggest parts - from auto bodies to tractors. The Giant: Fanuc M-2000iAThe Fanuc M-2000iA is so gigantic it almost deserves a weight class of its own. This super heavy duty robot is available in two versions: M-2000iA/900L and M-2000iA/1200.
Industrial robots provide a safe, cost-effective alternative to manual drossing.Steel is galvanized by dipping it into a bath of molten zinc. This process causes solid impurities (metal oxide) called dross to form at the surface of the bath. Dross-skimming is the a metal oxide removal method.When handled manually, drossing can be a tedious and dangerous job.