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Feasibility Study for Robotic Deburring

Robotic Deburring Feasibility Study

The objective of the proposed project was to integrate a robotic system to deburr metal flash from the exterior of various sizes of hardened steel drill shanks for an Ohioan drilling and cutting solutions company.

Project Focus Points

  1. Testing the robotic arm's reach envelope to ensure complete shank surface and drill bit slot area coverage.
  2. Testing the end of arm tooling (EOAT) for the deburring application.
  3. Integrating EOAT with the production peripherals for the final simulation.
  4. The final phase of this project will be the training and preparation for shipment to the customer.

Phase 1: Test and Design
Phase 1 tests 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. 

  1. Evaluating production tooling to deburr the unfinished product
  2. Interfacing EOAT to quoted robots and testing
  3. Final simulation production run at robotic integrator's facility with the customer present.

Phase 3: Training and Shipment
Phase 3 would be directed towards the initial stages of production, including training and shipment. The robotic integrator will familiarize your staff with the programming, allowing for easy transition from installation to production.

Additional Specifics:

  • Training at the robotic integrator's facility for two eight hour days
  • On-site support from a technician for two days at the customer's facility.