Robotics in the Wash/Deburr Process
There has been an explosion of robotics usage in cleaning and deburring technologies over the past two years. This is due in part to advancements made in the washer industry. Client demand, however, has also been a driving force in bringing these new technologies to the fore. Not long ago, robotics spurred on manufacturing with its potential for fast changeover and versatility. Manufacturers have in turn spurred on equipment manufacturers to deliver the flexibility and speed that robots can deliver in non-robotic processes.
Consumers seeking state-of-the-art technologies drive today's market. Products therefore have shorter life requirements, which makes system adaptability attractive for manufacturers determined to stay ahead of the curve. When engine designs change nearly as often as car models do, adaptability is key.
Recognizing the trend toward change
This trend toward change was identified several years ago by the companies of Dürr Ecoclean Group. Recognizing the importance of system adaptability, Dürr Ecoclean took steps to produce technologies that could change with the industry.
For example, Dürr Ecoclean Group has developed standardized, modular equipment that can interface with many different system configurations. This allows manufacturers greater flexibility in system design. Standardization reduces product costs by reducing design time. Modular designs make it possible to reuse existing modules on new lines, which also reduces costs.
Adaptability is key
The integration of robotic technologies into non-robotic designs has resulted in revolutionary products that can handle new components and tasks quickly. As in the manufacturing process, new equipment designs accommodate robotics in ways that weren't conceivable in the past. And these new designs have made possible automation that is at once flexible and agile.
Dürr Ecoclean has combined their standard DGI injection flood wash and vacuum drying process with robotic technologies to create the Next Generation DGI washer. The standard DGI's injection flood wash and vacuum dry is a flexible approach to component cleaning. Add to that the flexibility of robotic precision and adaptability, and the result is a versatile industrial washer that can change as the industry changes.
Dürr Ecoclean can integrate the Next Generation DGI washer with robots from many different robot suppliers. The robotic DGI washer may be purchased with Fanuc, ABB, Comau, and Kuka robots. In addition, the washer can be purchased with Dürr Ecoclean's own articulated-arm robotic system.