Case Study

Robot Grinding Software


Nordbo Robotics’ CraftMate software automates grinding processes of automotive die-blocks and gave unexpected advantages during the COVID-19 situation.

The automated grinding process using the Nordbo Robotics A/S CraftMate software at Hesheng.


Hesheng was in need of an automated solution to optimize their production of automotive die-blocks as their current manual grinding process gave them the following challenges:

  • Each die-block needs to be grinded multiple times making a consistent result difficult to achieve

  • Operators suffered pains associated with performing repetitive tasks and using high vibrating tools. 

  • Hard to find automated solutions that can deal with the high variation in shapes

What challenges did the customer face?

How did Nordbo Robotics address these challenges?​

To solve these challenges Nordbo Robotics used the unique AutoPath teach method to generate the robot path on a 3D point cloud and make it possible to configure a new grinding program within minutes. By creating a fixture and securing the part to be in the same position, the program can be repeated when there is a batch of identical die-blocks. Using the Nordbo Robotics NRS-6 Force Torque sensor at the end of the robot arm it is ensured that the correct amount of force is applied to the product during the grinding process, increasing output consistency. 

The robot precision and repeatability together with Nordbo Robotics CraftMate software and force control ensured consistent quality output and gave Hesheng the following results:​


  • Automated grinding process on their high variety of products, even on unique parts

  • Operators are relieved from the repeatable and heavy work and can now operate multiple grinding systems at the same time

What has this solution to do with COVID-19?

As Nordbo Robotics CraftMate software is still under development and Hesheng’s grinding system is upgraded regularly, the final results are still in progress. Although, Hesheng already showed interest in getting more systems using the CraftMate software in their production as during the COVID-19 lockdown it was difficult for them to get all their workers back at the factory and the system was put to work 24/7, enabling Hesheng to keep their production going.​

The Nordbo Robotics software was implemented using the following hardware set-up:

The manual grinding process at Hesheng

The manual grinding process at Hesheng


About Hesheng


Hesheng Metal is a national high-tech enterprise specializing in the research, development, and application of heat treatment of office automation hardware products, surface treatment of automotive molds, metal surface modification and metal material technology. It is the first metal surface treatment technology service provider in China that provides integrated solutions for mold steel, vacuum heat treatment, TD processing and HKS-G processing for the tooling and mold manufacturing industry.



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