Automation of Grinding and Lapping Processes

Automation of Grinding and Lapping Processes - Safe and quality securing handling of inserts during loading and unloading of the machines

Automation of Grinding and Lapping Processes

Safe and quality securing handling of inserts during loading and unloading of the machines

Automation of grinding and lapping processes are used in all applications where inserts removed from a sintered plates and grinding machines are supplied. By including the sintered plates in magazines autonomous operation of press and automation for a long time is possible.

The pallets are supplied to the stack by a pallet truck with the magazine. After the feeding of the stack is raised by a lifting unit to the appropriate working height. Thereafter, the pallet is lifted off the stack. The feed unit is controlled by a servo motor.

In the workspace of the robot, a camera is installed. With the camera, the parts are identified in the relevant range of the nest. The camera works here in transmitted light. The lighting unit is designed as a light strip. In order to recognize the different parts of the palette, the palette is gradually driven by the drive unit on the light strip.

After the grinding process, the parts of the linear slide is transported back into the working area of the robot. After removing the parts of the robot initially moves to a cleaning station, in which the parts are cleaned by means of a compressed air stream. Thereafter, the machined parts are put back into a flat panel.

When all the parts of a pallet have been processed, this range is supplied from the feed unit to a second staple magazine. The stack of pallets with the finished parts are from the second magazine again manually removed using the pallet trolley.

Key Features

  • Automation solutions for surface- , and periphery grinding
  • machines, and edge lapping machines
  • Free-standing or integrated concepts
  • Process-interface designed for machines of various suppliers
  • Safe part handling through multiple gripper-systems
  • Integrated vision system for recognition of part orientation  

Examples