The objective of this project is the design and manufacture of a functional prototype to implement, at industrial level, an automated robotic system for coupled large surfaces finishing.
This solution mainly consist of two main groups: an optical recognition system of large parts surfaces using 3D technology and a robotic system equipped with a finishing sanding head.
For its implementation, the project was structured around a business consortium, each member contributed as per the knowledge and expertise in their respective fields:
The project " DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF A GRINDING AUTOMATIC STATION FOR LARGE SURFACES" reference number IPT-2012-0321-020000 has been financed by the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad and co-financed with FEDER funds as INNPACTO 2012 project
The project has been carried out as planned, allowing having an innovative solution for the finishing process automation of large surfaces, specifically sanding operations.
The cell consists of the following main elements:
The final design of the sanding head is based on optimization for efficient operation on the type of parts that have been identified as priority. Thus, the final chosen architecture has been a drum by radial action using modular quick change sand blades.
In the following scheme are mentioned the most significant parts of the sanding head. The flexibility provided on robot based architecture, allows the head exchange when necessary (by means of the coupling device with the robot) either manually or automatically, depending on the processes that wish to address with this type of cell. The current head is suitable for finishing large areas and with few variations of curvature, as is the case of train panels.
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