Grinding usually requires more process time and force control in order to achieve the wanted result. Paired with the use of heavy, vibrating machinery, this can make the process physically difficult for human laborers – especially when having to grind for an extended period of time.

For grinding applications, we have had good results from solutions built on both our Mimic and CraftMate platforms. In all cases, we always rely on our Nordbo Active Compliance units as well to achive the wanted surface result. These units also have the advantage of  offering the robots some protection from damaging vibrations.

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Ensure proper compliance

When working manually with surface processing, we intuitively apply the force to the tool that is needed to achieve the finish we are aiming for. Robots are not able to do that sufficiently in material removal processes like grinding in an adaptive way. This can result in an uneven finish with some areas over treated and others not enough.

However, robots that are equipped to automatically adjust their work to suit the surface the moment they make contact are not only able to complete their work more reliably, but also in a more precise and economical manner.

We have developed a series of compliance units that apply consistent force in different orientations automatically to accurately apply the desired force needed in your case.

Grinding with CraftMate

The CraftMate platform scans the surface of the object and constructs a highly precise 3D model. From that model, the operator defines the area or path that needs to be grinded and adjusts the wanted parameters.

CraftMate is compatible with angle grinders, die grinders and (random) oribital sander tools. It knows how to land on the surface without damaging it, and the operator can easily set and modify angles, RPMs and force controls needed for the specific case.

Learn more about the CraftMate platform and how we 3D scan surfaces

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Grinding with Mimic

Grinding with Mimic

The Mimic platform records the users movements and translates them into a robot program in real time.

Mimic makes it possible to teach the robot the operator’s movements - either by guiding to robot by hand or by using a customized wireless joystick.

Learn more about the Mimic platform and how to use it for grinding here

Bridge human skills and robot precision to automate grinding

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Fast and smooth force control
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Easy import of different tools
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Freely define path spacing and contact angle according to tool selection
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Selectable feed rate
Supported Robots
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Application examples

Here is how you can use CraftMate

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