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Fastems robotic finishing cell

Flexible Robotic Finishing Systems

Nov. 23, 2018
Integrated packages of robots and related technology for grinding, polishing, deburring, and brushing.

FASTEMS LLC, an independent integrator of robots and related technology for all major robot brands, offers a comprehensive range of automated robotic finishing systems for grinding, polishing, deburring and brushing processes. It develops both pneumatic and electric spindles:
•  Pneumatic spindles have programmable compliance that enables tools to compensate for part feature variations such as those typical in castings. Pneumatic spindles are generally fitted with a single tool and are used in applications that do not require several different tools.
•  Electric spindles, on the other hand, are suited to applications that require a large number of tools or where tool changes are frequent. Electric spindles provide ample power, feature programmable rotational speeds and permit accurate tracing of control variables.

A large selection of tooling for either type of spindle lets users customizes processes for specific applications. Process tools include burrs, brushes, grinding stones, abrasive and flap-style wheels, as well as specially engineered tools.

Fastems provides both on-line and off-line programming options. For product families with relatively limited variations, on-line programming at the finishing cell is a quick and time-efficient solution. For parts that change frequently and have complex geometries, programming off-line employs FASTSIMU, Fastems’ off-line programming software. FASTSIMU combines feature-based CAD models with CAM-path based toolpath programming, facilitating creation of complex robotic programs off-line while the finishing cell operations continue uninterrupted.

Engineered accessories lets users customize robotic finishing systems to fit their own part requirements and shop conditions. Options include spindle cooling systems, tool presence sensors, application-specific process control sensors and Renishaw touch probes. Spindle and tool cabinets are offered for use with electric spindles, and spindle racks for applications employing pneumatic spindles. Environmental and ergonomic accessories such as sound-isolated or flushproof housings and dust and fume extraction systems are also available.

Robotic finishing eliminates variations common in hand finishing operations and maximizes output of precisely finished parts.
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