Robotic Drag Finisher Automates Cutting Tool Honing, Polishing
IMTS 2018: Bel Air's AutoHone robotic reverse drag finisher is an automated system that requires very little operator involvement.
Bel Air's AutoHone robotic reverse drag finisher improves cutting tool honing and polishing workflow with very little operator involvement. The automated system achieves short cycle times and consistent results. In the reverse drag finishing process, the machine quickly moves process media, producing a high-energy ”wave” that streams across the workpiece.
The machine’s six-axis robotic arm enhances control and precision over the workpiece's angle of introduction into the media. This results in complete, even and repeatable finishing processes. The system is modular, available options including an integrated ultrasonic cleaner and an air blow-off station.
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