The Magic of Robotics: Enhancing High-Speed Production

Robot-Ready Grinding Systems for High-Speed Production

Robot-ready versions of rotary surface grinders are now available for easy integration with robotic arms, enabling higher volume manufacturing and improved precision.

With the addition of robotics, machine shops and OEMs can substantially increase cycle times and minimize operator intervention.

The redesigned IG 82 Series by DCM Tech includes discrete digital I/O inputs and outputs for seamless connection to third-party robotic arms.

These advanced rotary surface grinders feature sensors and controls that maintain tight tolerances and offer various grinding modes for greater automation.

The grinders also come with programmable auto-dress capability and a user-friendly Human Machine Interface (HMI) controls for enhanced processing flexibility.

Benefits of Robotics in Grinding Process

Using robotics in the grinding process offers several benefits, including increased productivity and higher volume manufacturing.

Robotic arms can handle repetitive loading and unloading tasks, allowing operators to focus on more complex tasks.

The use of robotics also minimizes the handling of sharp, dangerous, or delicate parts.

By automating the loading and unloading of workpieces, machine shops and OEMs can improve efficiency and precision.

Robotics in the grinding process moves the industry towards fully automated solutions.

Integration of Robotic Arms with Rotary Surface Grinders

DCM Tech's IG 82 Series of rotary surface grinders are designed to easily integrate with third-party robotic arms.

The grinders feature discrete digital I/O inputs and outputs for seamless connection and automation.

Robotic arms emulate the movements of a human arm, equipped with fingerlike grippers for safe manipulation and handling of parts.

Once programmed, the robotic arm can load and unload the workpiece, as well as clear away debris.

The integration of robotic arms with rotary surface grinders enables unattended machine operation and increased production.

Advanced Features and Grinding Modes

The IG 82 series grinders offer advanced features that minimize or eliminate operator intervention after set-up.

The part detection system automates the initial contact between the abrasive wheel and the part, improving precision.

The grinders provide three grinding modes: conventional, incremental, and grind to height, offering flexibility and automation.

Continuous grind setting is also available, allowing the machine to cycle through all three grind settings.

These advanced features and grinding modes enhance production and reduce the need for manual adjustments.

Programmable Auto-Dress Capability and HMI Controls

The IG 82 series grinders come with programmable auto-dress capability, eliminating the need for manual dressing.

Auto-dressing removes grains, clogs, and excess bonding material to maintain the grinding wheel's performance.

The grinders also feature a user-friendly Human Machine Interface (HMI) controls for easy adjustment of grinding factors.

Operators can enter specific requirements into the touch screen, enhancing processing flexibility.

Different grind recipes can be set for different parts, customers, or material types, further speeding up production and ensuring quality.

Increased Efficiency and Productivity

Robotic arms combined with advanced rotary surface grinders allow operators to set up the machine and attend to other tasks.

The grinders have built-in load monitoring, preventing overtaxing or overloading of the parts or spindle.

Using robotic arms and automated grinding systems improves productivity and competitiveness.

Manufacturers and machine shops can achieve higher volume manufacturing with minimal operator intervention.

Robotic integration in grinding processes is becoming a best practice technique for high-volume facilities.

References (July 18, 2023). Robot-Ready Grinding Systems for High-Speed Production.

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