Robotic deburring and finishing are exciting opportunities for manufacturers to increase productivity and mitigate the challenges of a shrinking workforce. But with that excitement comes risks, challenges and unknowns.
Virtually every car coming off the paint line has defects that require manual inspection and repair to ensure the level of quality customers expect.
Most automotive manufacturers rely on dozens of highly skilled operators, this makes topcoat defect repair one of the most highly manual operations in the automotive industry.
The 3M™ Finesse-it™ Robotic Paint Repair System can allow you to automate this important step in your manufacturing process.
Contact a 3M Robotics and Automation expert today and discover how an automated paint repair solution can help improve part quality and productivity on your paint repair deck.
As one of the most intensive manual operations on the entire assembly line, the skilled labour required to maintain quality and output is substantial.
Automation can help reduce cycle times and increase part quality.
That in turn can protect and enhance brand perception while helping to reduce dealer rework and warranty claims.
Topcoat defect repair introduces a number of challenges including the need for a large shop floor or factory footprint, high energy consumption and reliance on multiple operators working in very close quarters.
Additionally, manual labour comes with an inherent variance in inspection, repair techniques, and data entry.
Our 3M™ Finesse-it™ Robotic Paint Repair System video has been made in collaboration with ASIS and Inovision.
The 3M™ Finesse-it™ Robotic Paint Repair System is a critical part of a complete automated solution that enables robots to efficiently and reliably sand and polish.
The system is comprised of tools, software, abrasives, accessories, and process expertise all designed to work together with a range of robots — delivering results you can rely on, car after car.
Streamline your robotic sanding implementation with two trusted automation industry experts. 3M and SCHUNK have teamed up to deliver a new automated sanding solution — a complete kit including a compliant orbital sander and professionally selected 3M sanding abrasives.
If you’re looking for more consistent part quality and surface finishes in your sanding operations, our robotic sanding kit is the ideal solution. This compact tool comes ready to mount to your industrial robot and delivers fine finishes at any pressure or orientation — even upside down.
The affordable and flexible AOV-10 Axially Compliant Orbital Sander from SCHUNK streamlines surface preparation processes and allows users to configure the tool for their unique process.
The sander is optimised for the included 3M sanding discs and backup pads for maximum performance, consistent cut and long life — qualities of an efficient robotic cell.
3M offers abrasive solutions and expertise to help you automate a variety of material removal processes, from robotic grinding to robotic polishing and every step in-between. Visit our metalworking application pages to learn more.
3M has the expertise, connections and products to help you automate your abrasive process.
Download our informational brochure to learn more about abrasive automation.
Our team is here to answer your questions about automated abrasive processes.
Whether you're just starting to consider robotics in your operation, designing a robotic cell for your abrasive process, or making a final abrasive selection, let us help you get the most out of automation.
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