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Acme Manufacturing Co's new high production dual-robotic finishing cell is designed for unattended polishing, grinding, deburring or buffing of parts weighing up to five lbs. each. Optimized robotic cycles achieved by Acme cells routinely reduce finishing media usage by 80% which significantly reduces cost per part, the company says. Process repeatability is another benefit.
Two inverted Fanuc M10iC 10kg compact robots automatically pick up parts from the pallet loading system and bring them to four Acme force-controlled finishing heads equipped for programmable speed and compliance. The dual-robot configuration in the Model TR-4 cell allows production finishing applications of up to 1000 parts per hour, with potential equipment payback in one year or less.
The robots use end-of-arm pneumatic tooling to grip the parts. The cell includes a part re-grip station (so the robotic arm can present all surfaces to the finishing media), and two exit conveyors for the finished parts. Other features include vision system capability, remote diagnostics, and off-line CAD-to-Path Capability.
A full cell enclosure, with lighting and fork-truck slots, has integrated sound and dust containment to confine airborne polishing and grinding particles to protect the plant environment. All Acme cells are built to RIA and CE specifications.