Automotive and Truck Wheels

Acme turnkey robotic cells for automatic deburring or finishing wheels reduce unit costs, with highly-repeatable production rates up to 60 parts per hour achieved using single or multiple 6-axis robots. Semi-automatic cells reduce manual finishing of wheels by 50% to 100%.

Aluminum or copper-plated wheels…cast or forged …from 14 in. to 24 in. OD, have all been finished on Acme robotic systems using flap wheels, buffs and other media, with up to 50 HP at the work spindle. Dual compound systems are available for cut and color applications.

Processes include:

  • Cut buff, color buff, satin finish, abrasive polish, soft polish, deburring and copper buffing
  • Backside and curbside finishing
  • Edge deburring and radiusing
  • Window finishing
  • Optional valves stem hole deburring with automatic part orientation

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Wheel Windows:

- Polished with abrasive media by 6-axis robots
- Fixtured on dial-index table

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Multiple Robotic Process for Polishing Aluminum Wheels
L-Wheels17b Both OEM and aftermarket wheels are processed on Acme robotic finishing systems, including two-piece wheels, aluminum truck wheels, billet aluminum wheels, and motorcycle wheels.

Cost Savings

Semi-automatic cells can reduce manual finishing of wheels by 50% to 100%. Switching from manual to robotic automation finishing alone can give you three to four times longer media life, as a result of contact efficiency (time on the part), constant work pressure, cycle time repeatability, and part path programming capability. Flexible, automatic force control, with variable-speed spindle motors, optimizes compliance (response and reaction) of the finishing heads to suit the operation.

Off-line programming and simulation (Roboguide) speeds up the program development process and increases utilization. Or, teach pendant programming, developed by Acme specifically for wheel finishing, can be used.

Universal tooling concepts developed by Acme for automotive and truck wheel applications reduce system design, build and operation costs. All equipment is built to RIA and CE specifications

Maintenance time and costs are minimized with on-line diagnostics and documentation. Troubleshooting can be performed via modem and/or internet, with Ethernet host support.

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Detail Polishing of Aluminum Wheels

Media Life Management and Control

Automatic media wear compensation software ensures consistent performance throughout the life of belts and buff wheels by adjusting cell process parameters (such as cutting rate and force) to match the performance and lifespan of the media.

Featured on the right:
Acme’s patented twin-spindle robot tooled to finish two wheels simultaneously in a single-robot cell.

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