Feasibility Study for Robotic Deburring
The objective of this feasiblity test was to weigh the benefits of integrating a robotic system to deburr metal flash from the exterior of various sizes of hardened steel drill shanks for a drilling and cutting solutions company in Ohio.
Project Focus Points:
- Testing the robotic arm's reach envelope to ensure complete shank surface and drill bit slot area coverage.
- Testing the end of arm tooling (EOAT) for the deburring application.
- Integrating EOAT with the production peripherals for the final simulation.
- The final phase of this project will be the training and preparation for shipment to the customer.
Phase 1: Test and Design
Test the reach required for the deburring application based on the largest shank, as well as the deburring tool functionality of the EOAT for the application. The main determining factor with the specifications of the EOAT would be surface/recessed area coverage and whether an active compliance feedback system would be necessary.
Phase 2: Production Tooling and Simulation
Additional testing and full simulation runs would be made throughout and at the end of phase 2 with lab robots and the final quoted arms. A full simulation production run would be performed before the system is shipped to the customer.
- Evaluating production tooling to deburr the unfinished product
- Interfacing EOAT to quoted robots and testing
- Final simulation production run at RobotWorx' facility with the customer present.
Phase 3: Training and Shipment
Assess initial stages of production, including training and shipment. We familiarized their staff with the programming, allowing for easy transition from installation to production.
Additional Training and Support Specifics:
- Training at RobotWorx facility for two eight hour days
- On-site support from a technician for two days at the customer's facility.