Robotic Grinding and Finishing
Metal and plastic finishing is one of the most unpopular jobs in manufacturing. It is generally hard, heavy work that is also dirty and hazardous. For this reason manufacturers struggle to get workers to fill positions that involve grinding, deburring and finishing. But robotic grinding and finishing can do these jobs exceptionally well, removing excess material from machined parts quickly and efficiently. Not only will a robot save production time and reduce overall costs, it will also reduce the serious health and safety risks associated with particles getting into workers’ eyes and metal dust penetrating the lungs.
Robotic can be fitted with end-of-arm tools that will enable them to execute any form of grinding, buffing and polishing required. They can be programed to apply just enough pressure for the job, so that the integrity of each piece is retained and all work pieces kept beautifully uniform. If there isn’t enough pressure, time and materials are wasted, while too much pressure can ruin a part. With properly programed force control a robot will always maintain a constant force while deburring, buffing and polishing, unlike a human who sometimes cannot help adding a little extra pressure, particularly when he can’t see what he is doing.
While many manufacturers know that robots are great for pick and place, and for machine loading, packing and palletizing, many more don’t realize the valuable role robots can play in process-intensive applications. They are particularly useful when path accuracy is important in welding, dispensing, grinding, finishing and polishing processes.
MESH Solution for Robotic Grinding and Finishing
The MESH engineering team has extensive experience with all the applications that relate to robots in general and robotic grinding and finishing in particular. We use our experience to establish the best solutions for the varied challenges of our individual customers.
When building automation cells or systems that will suit your needs, we use all the tricks of the trade we have learnt over time.
We will build the:
- Robotics and tooling required
- Fixtures, regrip stands and compensated backstands
- Grinding tools and belts
- Compliant robot-mounted tools
- Tool trees with several powered tools to be used in sequence
- Chip collections systems
The MESH Experience
Our engineers have learnt from decades of experience, and use this experience to create the very best solutions for all our clients.
Our robotic grinding and finishing jobs have included:
- Grinding the weld beads and formed edges of welded cases and boxes to create a smooth, blended surface finish.
- Grinding of cast iron water fittings.
- Deburring, drilling and grinding aluminum power steering cylinders and undertaking vision quality checks.
- Deburring of steel pinion gears to the point of applying a chamfer to a beveled gear.
- Deburring pump impellers to remove all sharp edges and to remove high points.
- Deburring trailer hitches.
- Deburring, drilling and polishing rifle receivers.
- Polishing light reflectors as well as post forming and pre-anodizing.
- Machining PVC pipe flanges.
Additionally we have done numerous jobs that involved polishing aluminum, deflashing plastics, as well as grinding iron and deburring steel.
MESH can help improve your metal finishing operations and reduce costs dramatically by developing a robotic grinding and deflashing solution to suit your business operations.