Grinding, deburring, polishing robotic cell
Greensboro, North Carolina – ABCO Automation’s SmartForce self-contained grinding, deburring, and polishing robotic cell was developed in conjunction with 3M, Kuka, and PushCorp.
“We designed and built SmartForce to address the growing need to automate manual grinding, deburring, and polishing,” says Brad Kemmerer, president, ABCO Automation. “Today’s manufacturers recognize that new employees entering the workforce do not want jobs that are gritty, taxing, and hazardous. SmartForce offers companies a solution that removes employees from working under those conditions, repositions employees in auxiliary roles, and replaces direct labor with a robot that delivers consistent, quality results.”
With a less than 100ft2 footprint, SmartForce is mobile and flexible. The robotic cell is pre-engineered and pre-assembled on a metal skid base, which allows manufacturers to not only use it right away but easily move the cell from one section of a facility to another. In addition, other components, such as conveyors and post-processing inspection equipment, can be added to further automate the cell. The cell’s key components include:
- Kuka KR-60 3 F robot
- 3M abrasives
- PushCorp end-of-arm tool
- Safety guarding
- Coolmate coolant system
- Metal skid base
- Dial part infeed table
At IMTS, SmartForce will feature 3M Cubitron II Fibre Disc 982C, which is well-suited for edge chamfering, beveling, and removing carbon steel welds, mill scale, pits and imperfections, and machining grooves as well as the Scotch-Brite Light Grinding and Blending Disc, which achieves a high cut-rate for optimal weld grinding and blending in mild-steel applications.