Cobots integrated with orbital sanding and plasma cutting
- January 23, 2019
Universal Robots has announced that its partner ARC Specialties has developed SnapCut, a cutting system which integrates with Universal Robots’ e-Series line of cobots (collaborative robots).
SnapCut allows metal fabricators to cut shapes in three dimensional steel components with no prior robotic or computer programming knowledge. It utilizes the UR10e collaborative robot from Universal Robots to manipulate a Hypertherm cutting torch to desired positions around the cutting path. Included in the SnapCut software integrated directly on the UR robots’ teach pendant are standard shapes like squares, rectangles, circles, or C-channels that can be selected for parametric programming. The operator can move the cutting torch to a few locations on the cutting surface, hit run and the operation will take place.
Sanding capabilities have also been integrated with cobots, with Dynabrade’s new robotic sander kit receiving UR+ certification. The kit includes pneumatic sanders, robot mount, and a solenoid enabling robotic operation via the UR teach pendant. "We are finding that many of our customers are interested in mounting our tools on robots,” says Frank Lehman, Dynabrade’s head of engineering. Lehman emphasizes the advantages of offering Dynabrade users a turn-key solution that enables them to mount the sanders on collaborative robots. “Cobots are very affordable and user-friendly, allowing our end users to bring automation into their workplace without the expense and learning curve of traditional robots.”
For new deburring capabilities with cobots, manufacturers can now turn to ATI Industrial Automation’s new Compliant Deburring Blade (CDB). Intended to replace traditional hand deburring tools, the CDB is designed for light and medium deburring, chamfering and scraping operations on materials such as plastic, aluminum, steel and brass. Axial and radial compliance reduce robotic programming time by maintaining constant force where surface irregularities are present.