Light-touch, automated orbital sander

Light-touch, automated orbital sander

February 25, 2020

ATI Industrial Automation

https://www.ati-ia.com/
Automation Grinding/Abrasives Surface Finish

Apex, North Carolina– ATI Industrial Automation has introduced the AOV-10 Axially Compliant Orbital Sander for robotic surface preparation and finishing. With built-in compliance, the AOV-10 is suited for many different robotic applications, including those requiring a light touch.

A pneumatically actuated compliance mechanism allows for dynamic control of contact forces and ensures an ideal result every time. The compliance force is adjustable to accommodate a variety of applications. Double-acting motion offsets the weight of the tool to produce the desired finish no matter how it is oriented. Users can mount the AOV-10 directly to their robot or to a fixture, in any orientation, including upside-down. The design is compact and lightweight which suits a range of robot sizes and types, from cobots to industrial models.

ATI’s robotic sander is optimized with 3M abrasives and includes a media kit of sanding discs and backup pads, allowing many users to easily implement robotic sanding processes. The Compliant Orbital Sander serves as a platform for 3M’s range of abrasive products; together they let users automate manual surface preparation and finishing tasks on many types of materials. Robotic sanding and surface treatment with ATI’s AOV-10 and 3M media offers consistent processing using familiar media while keeping workers safe and reducing some uncertainties associated with a new automation project.

In manual operations, a skilled person’s ability to feel and visually inspect subtle changes in surface conditions allows them to instinctively adjust forces to compensate for variations and produce a uniform process on the workpiece. Manual material removal jobs, often labeled as dull, dirty, and dangerous, need responsiveness to ensure consistent results. ATI’s Axially-Compliant Orbital Sander provides a direct replacement for manual surface preparation and finishing techniques; high-quality results without the safety hazards or compromised labor.

Automation with a robot and an AOV-10 end-effector keeps employees away from undesirable conditions and overcomes process variation due to part misalignment, part geometry inconsistency, or robot path deviations. Two main benefits: programming becomes quicker and easier, overall quality of the process increases, which ultimately drives costs down.

The affordable and flexible Compliant Robotic Sander from ATI streamlines surface preparation processes to increase efficiency, lower costs, and eliminate safety hazards. The ability to integrate an assortment of media options, configure the tool to fit their unique project, and vary the air pressure and contact forces on the workpiece make the AOV-10 a uniquely versatile tool for automation.