Manual operation is still very common in the industry when it comes to material removal. Often those manufacturing steps are hated but critical steps in manufactures process flow. Just for the simple fact that they are labor-intensive, health-endangering, or repetitive work steps – such as sanding or grinding – which are demanding on the employees. Nevertheless, often those critical tasks define repeatability and quality of your products. The automation of these work steps gives you the significant competitive advantage needed in a global market. Labor shortage in general or the simple fact that there is nothing as a finishing school, propels the demand of installing robots for those 3D (dirty, dusty, dangerous) jobs. No matter which fact or multiple reasons force manufactures to automate their applications, the right path is critical.
From knowing the limitations of technologies, to defining the scope, choosing a robot, the right tool, process to which abrasive or media change to use puts companies in every size for substantial burdens. Mistakes in this process can result in high costs to a non-functional cell. In form of best practice cases, we will demonstrate those challenging robotics applications by using different robotics technologies and compare the suitability on different industry tasks. The focus will be on the applications on aerospace parts, like composite or carbon parts – small parts to complete fuselages on substrate, primer, clear coat, or paint removal as well as deburring and turbine blade operations.