Yaskawa Motoman Robots for Material Removal
Material removal applications involve removing material from workpieces. These applications are often needed to either prepare or finish a workpiece as part of a production cycle. Material removal processes can be challenging as they require great concentration, precision, and skill on top of being potentially hazardous. Many manufacturers are automating their material removal applications with Yaskawa Motoman robots.
Yaskawa Motoman robots can automate a variety of applications that fall under the material removal category. Typically, a 6-axis robot is used for material removal automation. The articulated robot is integrated with tooling that is specific to the material removal application and is programmed to move the end-effector over the surface of a workpiece. In some cases, Yaskawa Motoman robots may be used to hold and move parts along a material removal machine, such as a grinder, instead of performing the application itself. Robotic force sensors can also be integrated with Yaskawa Motoman robots being used to automate material removal applications. Force sensors allow for enhanced accuracy and precision by providing the Yaskawa Motoman robot with touch feedback, optimizing the material removal process.
Material removal applications automated by Yaskawa Motoman robots include grinding, polishing, buffing, deburring, and sawing. Cutting applications automated by Yaskawa Motoman robots include plasma, laser, waterjet, and oxyfuel. The Motoman MH24 is ideal for automating finishing processes such as sand and polishing. While the Yaskawa MA1440 can automate cutting applications.
Yaskawa Motoman offers an extensive line of general-purpose robots capable of material removal automation. Their industrial robots come in a variety of payloads and reaches allowing users to find a robot specific to their material removal process. The high payload Motoman MH180 is capable of handling the heavy tooling associated with deburring and grinding applications. It is also capable of handling large workpieces. The rigidity of Yaskawa Motoman robots ensures the accurate removal of material, especially when it comes to cutting processes. Yaskawa robots are able to apply constant surface pressure, especially when force sensors are integrated with the robot. Applying constant, accurate force ensures even surface finishes and prevents the removal of too little or too much material. Accurate pressure can not only ensure precision, but also conserves the use of abrasive consumables such as sandpaper.
Overall automating material removal processes with Yaskawa Motoman robots will improve product quality. The high repeatability and accuracy of their robots ensures high-quality finishes for each part and all parts will be uniform to on another. Converting a manual material removal process to an automated one eliminates human errors that lead to poor quality. Eliminating errors and rework results in less time spent per part. In addition, the fast operating speeds of Yaskawa Motoman robots will reduce cycle times resulting in higher productivity.
Yaskawa Motoman robots are extremely durable, making them capable of handling the hazards associated with material removal. Hazards such as high dust, fumes, debris, repetitive movements, and heavy tooling are all associated with material removal. Yaskawa Motoman robots can handle these hazards without issue, saving workers from the dangerous nature of material removal jobs.