CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT METAL FINISHING
Applications include (but not limited to):
Oil & Natural Gas
Heavy Industrial Equipment
Construction & Infrastructure
Advantages of robotic application vs. mechanical are: minimal or zero downtime during part changeover, elimination of coolant and filter issues/maintenance, improved quality, and reduction of consumables such as belts and wheels.
Once only thought to be productive utilizing centerless grinding, Acme has become an industry leader in robotically grinding and polishing rods and cylinders. Acme has successfully provided robotic superfinishing applications for parts 22o mm in diameter, 3,150 mm in length, and weighing up to 600 kg. Surface finishes are achievable below 1.0 Ra.
Switching from manual to robotic automation surface finishing alone can give you up to six times longer media life, as a result of contact efficiency (time on the part), constant work pressure, cycle time repeat-ability, 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 of the robotic finishing system. Programs for complex parts and shapes are created and verified quickly.
Heat monitoring allows automatic process modification to reduce affects of excess heat.
Universal tooling concepts developed by Acme for knee and hip finishing reduce system design, build and operation costs. All equipment is built to RIA and CE specifications.
Unattended operation, with custom part queuing options, reduces labor content.
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.
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. Media life management software can provide up to five times longer belt life than conventional methods.