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Robotic Deflashing Automation Systems
Robotic deflashing is performed post casting on metal parts, and occasionally plastic parts. The most important determinants of robotic deflashing system design & implementation are gripping surfaces availability & access to flash locations. Parts which need deflashing operations on multiple surfaces are more likely to use part to tool robot system designs to allow for part regrip(s) & flexibility in approach angles for optimal deflashing. Tool to part robot systems are more common when dealing with simple (single surface) deflashing operations, small parts, and/or cells which deflash multiple part skus, which would otherwise require gripper changeover.
Deflashing processes are usually performed via either pneumatic or electric powered compliant tooling. One deflashing option is radially compliant deflashing tooling which can utilize COTS files or burs providing flexibility in application. Other common options include saws & compliant finishers (belt sanders). Tooling selection is dependent on the amount of material to be removed, parent material removal tolerances, & accessibility of flash.