Directory:Rimrock Automation/Robotic Polishing Automation
Robotic Polishing Automation Systems
Robotic polishing is performed on metal parts to meet a final form finish, or for pre-paint preparation. Robotic polishing process media are primarily coated abrasives (belts, discs, cones, flap wheels). Determination of process media is usually made based upon amount of material to be removed & desired finish.
The most important determinants of robotic finishing system design and implementation are gripping surfaces availability & access to polishing locations. The majority of robotic polishing systems are based on a part to tool design due to the need for articulated part movement to mimic the former manual process. Part to tool robot system designs provide the advantages of allowing for part regrip(s) & flexibility in approach angles for optimal polishing & coverage. Tool to part robot systems are more common when dealing with simple (single surface) polishing operations, large parts, and/or cells which finish multiple part skus, which would otherwise require gripper changeover.