ABCO Automation recently featured SmartForce, a self-contained turnkey grinding, deburring, and polishing robotic cell.
Developed in conjunction with 3M, KUKA, and PushCorp, SmartForce is a flexible automation solution for manual machining processes.
"We designed and built SmartForce to address the growing need to automate manual grinding, deburring, and polishing," says Brad Kemmerer, president, ABCO Automation. "Today's manufacturers recognize that new employees entering the workforce do not want jobs that are gritty, taxing, and hazardous. SmartForce offers companies a solution that removes employees from working under those conditions, repositions employees in auxiliary roles, and replaces direct labor with a robot that delivers consistent, quality results."
With a compact footprint that is less than 100 square feet, SmartForce is mobile and flexible. The robotic cell is pre-engineered and pre-assembled on a metal skid base, which allows manufacturers to not only use it right away but easily move the cell from one section of a facility to another. In addition, other components, such as conveyors and post-processing inspection equipment, can be added to further automate the cell. The cell's key components include:
Kemmerer went on to say, "What makes SmartForce so effective is the combination of PushCorp's End-of-Arm tool with 3M's abrasive discs. PushCorp's End-of-Arm Tool features a tool holder mounted on a force control actively-compliant tool. The tool enables the robot to have human-touch capabilities that can grind, deburr, or polish in any orientation, even over contours. The tool's unique capabilities in conjunction with ABCO programming provides our grinding, deburring, and polishing solution its 'SmartForce'."
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