Robotic Material Removal
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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.
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