Nordbo Robotics’ basic polishing software increases quality ratio with 50% by optimizing polishing processes.
did the customer face?
Amphenol Pheonix was in need of a solution to optimize both their rough and fine polishing processes of stainless-steel parts as they were offered to produce the Microsoft Surface Duo hinge.
This gave them the following challenges:
- Increasing demand and high quality requirements
- Manual processing not suitable to create sharp finish
- Hard to obtain high throughput and minimize material waste
- Using specialized machinery required a high investment and the machines were only useable during the lifetime of the produced product
- Hard to find automated solutions that can create the same finish as a skilled polisher
How did Nordbo Robotics
address these challenges?
To solve these challenges Nordbo Robotics re-used the basis of the advanced polishing software and added a new “Teach Method” called Point to Point (P2P), enabling Amphenol Pheonix to create robot paths by teaching waypoint with the teach pendant of the robot and generate a new program within minutes. This provided the needed flexibility and enabled them to use the same systems on other projects, given them a great advantage on competitiveness.
The robot precision and repeatability together with Nordbo Robotics polishing software and precise force control ensured consistent polishing quality and gave Amphenol the following results:
- Increased productivity and throughput with 300% compared to manual processing
- Increased quality ratio with an average of 50%
- Return Of Investment (ROI) in 1,5 year
- Decreasing scrapped material caused by faulty processing
- Improve workplace ergonomics and safety within post-processing department
Fully automated polishing cell at Amphenol
Automatic robot polishing using P2P teach method
The Nordbo software was implemented using
the following hardware set-up:
- 12x Nachi MZ07L robots
- 12x Nordbo Controller
- 12x NRS-6 Force Torque sensors
- 12x robot polishing cells with automated in- & outfeed