Robotic Sander Reduces Cycle Time, Use of Abrasive Materials
Suhner has released the RobotSander, an adaptive surface treatment solution suited for the automotive, aerospace, appliance, off-highway and outdoor power equipment markets.
Suhner has released the RobotSander, an adaptive surface treatment solution suited for the automotive, aerospace, appliance, off-highway and outdoor power equipment markets. It can benefit operations including material protection, surface brightening, paint preparations and CFRP activation. Applications include grinding, brightening, polishing, deburring and sanding. It can be used on both metal and composite materials with the company’s application-specific abrasives. It is designed to reduce cycle time and abrasive material use and can be used for large-volume and large-area production. Designed for adaptability, the robot sander can operate in a freestanding machining center or a variety of integrated production equipment.
The company’s engineers and specialists can can perform analysis of individual processes as well as robot cell functionality to reduce process risks and overall deployment time.
The company’s Digital Factory Monitoring System enables on-site and remote monitoring of the sander’s performance. It also enables data recording, process diagnosis and optimization, predictive maintenance and remote product support as well as spare part and user time management.
A failsafe system safeguards high-value parts and operations as well as optimal use of resources, reducing waste.
The company also offers optional end effector integrations such as 3D assembly scanning, automatic parts calibration, automatic surface measurement and reporting, surface cleaning, protective painting, and an abrasive change station.
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