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Robotic Material Removal

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Material Removal Solutions

About Robotic Material Removal

Historically, material removal and finishing have been a manual and very labor-intensive process, and with labor shortages on the rise, robotic automation is the solution. Robotic material removal systems can be custom engineered to make this application safe, consistent and economical for businesses both large and small.

Automating metal removal, degating, and deflashing of castings, and even material handling applications can overcome a shortage of workers that many foundry and casting firms struggle with. Using cutting-edge technologies including the latest in robotic technology and machine vision, MWES can achieve desired casting finishing production and quality goals while producing more consistent parts while reducing reliance on manual labor.

With the flexibility and articulation capabilities of today’s industrial robots, robots can easily clear holes, process interior features or passageways and remove sand defects or parting lines. Further, these systems’ heavy-duty pneumatic or electric spindles can be expanded using automated tool-changing capabilities for applications that require a large number of processes, increasing each robot’s utility.

Whether it’s high volume production, the automation of high mix/low volume operations, or operating on extremely large castings, MWES has found ways to reduce the need for specialized fixturing and downtime attributed to resetting for different part runs. Today’s robot systems are highly adaptable to production changes while reducing the number of part-specific, wear-susceptible tooling on the line. This flexibility comes from the ability to quickly and easily extend the systems’ processes in the software, instead of in the hardware. Further, the programming can now be done offline, minimizing the amount of downtime for production changeovers.

MWES has provided automated solutions to deburring, sanding, cutting and finishing operations. From large automated assembly lines to drop-in machine tending systems, robotic material removal operations can be applied to needs of any scale.

From small, stand-alone systems to large integrated processes, Midwest Engineered Systems custom designs each robotic integrated system for your material removal operations. MWES has designed and installed hundreds of robotics-based systems, from startup companies to Fortune 500 corporations.

Deburring
With a simple end-effector, a robot can be equipped with the tooling it needs to perform any deburring operations.
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Finishing
MWES has become adept at automating a variety of finishing processes including casting cutting, buffing, sealing, grinding, blast cleaning and more.
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Sanding
Robotic sanders mounted on an end-effector are capable of high-speed response feedback that is capable of measuring and adjusting the pressure and force required to achieve the sanding operation.
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Cutting
Robotic laser cutting is a very efficient means of cutting both sheet and thick plate metals and materials such as glass, ceramic and plastics.
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Flash Removal
Each cavity in a mold used for injection molding must have a small aperture known as a gate that lets hot plastic flow into the cavity before traveling through and around its interior features until the cavity is filled.
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Material Removal expertise

Deburring

Deburring

Robotic deburring provides repetitive operations that are both efficient and precise.
Finishing

Finishing

Unpainted metal finishes have become a popular alternative to painted parts for a number of reasons.
Gate & Flash Removal

Gate & Flash Removal

Each cavity in a mold used for injection molding must have a small aperture known as a gate that lets hot plastic flow into the cavity before traveling through and around its interior features...
Plasma Cutting

Plasma Cutting

Robotic laser cutting is a very efficient means of cutting both sheet and thick plate metals. The process is also useful for cutting glass, ceramic and plastic materials.
Sanding

Sanding

Robotic sanders mounted on an end-effector are capable of high-speed response feedback.
Laser Drilling

Laser Drilling

Automated laser drilling breaks down materials layer by layer through repeatedly pulsing laser beams at them, creating thru-holes where desired.
Stock Grind Cells

Stock Grind Cells

Our off-the-shelf casting finishing solutions are built to be easily installed and serviced. These casting grind cells can also be integrated into legacy production systems using standardized...