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Robots never get rubbed the wrong way. They never complain about tough working conditions, or grinding work environments, or abrasive bosses. This is true particularly in material removal and finishing applications, such as grinding and sanding, where their human counterparts face safety risks on multiple fronts. Until recently, automation solutions found application in a limited number of finishing operations. But that is changing with new advances in robotic surface removal and finishing operations, including automated sanding and grinding applications.

In a recent article appearing on robotics.org, Tech B2B managing director Winn Hardin explores questions about robotic surface removal and finishing operations, including automated sanding and grinding applications. Do industrial robots or cobots make the best finishers? How critical is robot programming to efficiently finishing contoured surfaces? What advances in force compliance ensure a robot sands just as hard from the top as it does from underneath the surface.

Read Winn’s article to learn what your company needs to do to be successful in this rapidly growing application segment for robotic automation. And be sure to check out the links embedded in the article, including the ROI calculator worksheet for robot sanding/grinding, as well as the list of considerations for a new application courtesy of 3M.

Enjoy the reading and be sure to check out this and other robot, automation, computer vision news and coverage on the Techb2b blog.

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