ROBOTIC SANDING AND POLISHING
The ramping up of current production programs for many industries and meeting customers requirements (OTD, quality, repeatability...) both imply constant investments in high performing production means. With manufacturing processes being more and more robotized, the appreciation of the amounts to be committed can now be re-evalutated. When choosing robotics for parts finishing upstream the machining process, it is now possible to limit costs and liberate these dedicated means.
In order to improve the surface appearance of shaped parts post-machining, GEBE2 has developped andmixed both polishing (minimizing surface roughness) and sanding (uniform visual aspect) processes in one robotic cell. The robot moves along the workpiece applying a rotary tool fitted with an abrasive material with a controlled force. Great care has been taken to create trajectories in order to obtain uniform roughness.