Sanding and finishing are one of the toughest, dirtiest jobs, and giving it to a robot will mitigate worker injuries, increase quality and productivity, and can be used on a multitude of materials. The workers’ interaction with the sanders and finishers will be reduced, thus reducing cost in PPE, worker’s comp, and wasted sanding/finishing product. Robotic arms can be programmed to use the correct amount of force and speed needed and can compensate for tool wear.
Robotic grippers give fabricators more time to do what they do best, create, and design parts. Fabricators can now off-load continuous repetitive tasks to a robotic arm with a gripper end-effector, automating a process that would generally be done by a person who can be doing the more complicated jobs that robots can’t do.