Robotic Finishing and Machining
Material removal 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, machining and finishing. But robots can do these jobs exceptionally well, removing excess material from machined or cast 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. The MESH engineering team has extensive experience with all the applications that relate to robots in general and robotic grinding, machining 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 learned over time.
MESH Automation now also offers pre-engineered solutions for material removal projects including the MAC (MESH Automation Cell), and MINI MAC. 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. Click here to learn more about these Pre-Engineered Solutions.
Robotic Grinding and Buffing
Robots are programmed to apply just enough pressure for the job and provide a consistent/repeatable rate of transfer so that the integrity of each piece is retained and all workpieces kept beautifully uniform. If there isn’t enough pressure or inconsistent rates of speed, time and materials are wasted. With the properly programmed force control end of arm tool design and path optimization a robot will maintain a constant force while removing material compared to a human who, while flexible, is not consistent. MESH has experience with grinding wheels, grinding pads, sanding belts, and steel brush systems using a robot as the main automation tool.
From lighting reflective fixtures to automotive exterior parts requiring aesthetically pleasing finishes MESH most likely has experience and a solution for your operation. Most of the polishing projects also require additional competencies (such as gripping, fixturing, welding, pre-polishing and material handling) other than polishing. MESH has aligned our resources and experience to offer a complete line of solutions for finishing of your parts including polishing. Robots are ideally suited for polishing routines due to the requirement of consistent paths, multiple passes, and consistent pressure no matter the angle.
Robotic Deflashing and Deburring
Deflashing of foundry parts and deburring of metal or plastic parts can require a number of different processes depending on the part and finished product requirements. For foundry parts grinding wheels, pencil grinders and sanding belts often do most if not all the requirements. For plastic deflashing carbide pencil grinders with compensation do the trick. MESH has pre-engineered solutions for most of these tasks including our own grinding stand using a diamond wheel, our own belt sanding stand, regrip stands and end of arm gripper solutions. Robots are ideal for most of these tasks due to the typical complex geometry of the parts and the need for consistently repeatable paths under repeatable pressure at varying amounts along the path.
Robotic machining is best suited when the part is very large or awkward in geometry thus requiring a solution where the spindle can be taken to the part. This coupled with a requirement needing 6 axes spindle adjustment. At MESH we are experts at CNC machining with six machines operating in our own facility. We also have been integrating robots into CNC tending applications for years (see our Robotic Machine Tending page). With this experience, we know when to specify robotic machining vs traditional CNC machining. Let us help you determine the right solution.
Fixture Design and Build
It is easy to argue that fixturing and work holding is the most important aspect of any successful automation system. All good fixtures allow for proper part fit-up and are easy to use, but fixtures can also increase quality by maintaining consistency in manufacturing. MESH designs and builds fixturing for both manual and automatic purposes. MESH specializes in fixtures that are heavy duty, automated, easy to maintain, operator friendly and provide precise part fit-up.
While every business has its own needs, MESH Automation recognizes basic engineering solutions that often work across the board for different industries. For this reason our highly experienced team of engineers has developed a number of pre-engineered solutions that meet incredibly varied needs, from manual operations to automated robotics. So, instead of starting totally from scratch, many of our customers are able to get going with high-tech equipment that has already been tested and is ready to go.
The MESH Automation Difference
At MESH, we partner with our customers and aim to exceed your expectations at every step of the project. This means we learn about your production needs and gain a thorough understanding of the manufacturing process of your product and your plant culture before we develop a solution for you. Contact us and we will suggest ways to help you improve productivity that will boost your bottom line.
Contact us today to discuss how we can develop a manufacturing solution that could help your business optimize productivity, increase efficiency, and potentially cut costs.
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