FANUC Robots Deliver A Sound Solution For Speaker Manufacture At Bowers & Wilkins
Sanding and smoothing the surfaces of speaker cabinets
FANUC provided three Robot Force Sensing Cabinet Sanding Cells, which are designed to sand the surfaces of cabinets using an orbital sander and utilising feedback from the FANUC robot force sensor to control applied pressure to the cabinets worked surface. All three identical cells carry out the same tasks. Each cell is equipped with one M20iA/M20 robot, incorporating FANUC Force Sensing Head and a rotary table. Each rotary table is driven and controlled by FANUC servo motor.
In order to deliver the highest levels of productivity, each cell is equipped with two-position turntable units, enabling the robot to work on one side, whilst on the other side, an operator removes a finished cabinet and re-loads the fixture with a new part to be processed. Light-Guards, together with the speed and repeatability of the robot, have delivered a significant reduction in processing time when compared to the original manual process.