Robotic Material Removal

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Robotic Material Removal Solutions

Upgrade your Material Removal With Robotics

Material removal and finishing have been a manual and very labor-intensive process, and with labor shortages on the rise, robotically automating that process 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 and reducing reliance on manual labor.

With the flexibility and articulation capabilities of modern industrial robots, robots can easily clear holes, process interior features or passageways and remove sand defects or parting lines. Furthermore, these automation 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. 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 downtime for production changeovers.

From large automated assembly lines to small drop-in machine tending systems, robotic material removal operations can be applied to manufacturing needs of any scale. 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 small startups to Fortune 500 corporations.

Conveyor Systems
Conveyance forms the backbone of any large-scale production line or material handling operations. Conveyors can integrate with many automation products that require an infeed and outfeed of materials.
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High-Speed Vision Systems
Vision systems are an important part of any automation solution. This technology ensures that material is identified and handled correctly by automation technology. It also keeps track of a number of metrics when the material is handled by automation.
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Robots handle the heavy lifting of any automation solution. They are responsible for manipulating and transferring the material, or in some instances, performing the manufacturing operations on the material.
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End Effectors (EOAT)
End effectors, also commonly known as End-Of-Arm-Tool (EOAT), are basically the hands of a robot arm. These end effectors can be made up of a combination of grippers, sensors, vision systems and custom material processing tools.
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Robotic Material Removal expertise

Casting Finishing

Casting 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.
Robotic Deburring

Robotic Deburring

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

Robotic 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...