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Intelligent Deburring with Robot

FANUC America Corporation recently demonstrated deburring of a casting with its M-20iB/25 robot.

The M-20iB/25 6-axis robot uses iRVision to select a workpiece from a pallet and place it onto a clamp for deburring. The robot then uses Image-to-Path software to develop a deburring path. Next, a robot-mounted FANUC FS-40iA force sensor is used to maintain a consistent force against the part as the robot moves the cutting tool along the path. The robot places the finished workpiece on a pallet. Finally, the robot uses the force sensor and a gauge to check deburring tool wear and automatically exchanges worn cutting tools for new tools.

The cell highlighted the robot's compact size and payload capabilities, ability to handle two different workpieces, and automatic tool wear check and replacement for lights-out manufacturing. In addition, the system features Image-to-Path, which automatically generates edge deburring programs using ROBOGUIDE and iRVision. Designed as a deburring support tool, the Force Control Deburring Package allows manufacturers to easily adapt to casting variations in machined parts.

FANUC America's M-20iB/25 is a 6-axis material handling robot designed to handle parts in a variety of applications, such as material removal, machine load/unload, assembly, picking/packaging and part transfer.

The robot offers a rigid and compact design with a sealed structure (integrated utilities and motors) and a rear or bottom exit for cables. The entire robot is rated IP67, allowing it to withstand harsh environments.

The robot has a slim arm that minimizes interference with peripheral equipment, a long reach of 1,853 mm and a 21% increase in axis speed compared to the previous model.

For more information contact:

FANUC America Corporation

3900 West Hamlin Rd.

Rochester Hills, MI 48309-3253

888-FANUC-US (326-8287)

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