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How Robotic Deburring Contributes to Productivity and Delivers ROI for Manufacturers

Deburring is the process of removing burrs, edges, inconsistencies or fins off of parts. Robotic deburring is when this process is carried out by industrial robotic arms. While deburring is often a manual process, robotic deburring is starting to gain favor in the industrial sector.

Many manufacturers believe that deburring is a difficult process to automate, which isn’t necessarily always the case. Robotic deburring provides numerous benefits over manual deburring, and these benefits are getting harder to ignore.

Why are Manufacturers Turning to Robotic Deburring of Production Parts?

The consistency of manufactured parts is an integral part of overall profitability. Ideally, a high level of consistency can be reached with high levels of throughput. Manual processes can be prone to error and are inherently slower, having a less than positive effect on a manufacturer’s goals for productivity and profitability.

With new vision systems, sensors and fixturing technologies, robots are more diverse and more capable than ever before. While deburring may seem like a difficult application to automate, most robotic workcells, especially custom solutions, are more than capable of deburring parts while delivering productivity and ROI benefits.

The Benefits of Robotic Deburring

One of the most immediate benefits of robotic deburring is that it’s a much safer process. Workplace incidents are expensive. They halt production, potentially damage equipment and can even lead to lawsuits. Robots reduce this risk.

More importantly though, it creates a higher quality part on a consistent basis. Robots excel at doing the same task over and over without deviating from a preset course. This allows for unprecedented precision, quality and consistency in deburring processes.

The biggest benefit of robotic deburring is the increase in throughput. Robots are faster than manual processes, and they can work endlessly without fatiguing, only needing breaks for routine maintenance. This combination of speed and uptime leads to drastically improved throughput.

Automated deburring processes contribute to productivity and deliver ROI through safety and risk reduction, part quality and consistency, and exponentially higher levels of throughput. There are many different benefits that robotic deburring provides, but the ones listed above are some of the most important.

Many manufacturers see deburring as a difficult or impossible process to automate, but today’s robotic automation technology is more than capable of deburring products to improve profitability.

Learn more about robotic deburring by reading about Genesis Systems Group’s industry-leading robotic deburring solutions.

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