PushCorp force compliance devices and servo spindles are a must have for robotic drilling applications. Without it, position based drilling is extremely difficult to automate. A robot moves from point A to point B without any regard for the amount of force it is applying. So, as the drill bit wears the robot does not know to slow down. As a result, a dull drill bit will not have time to cut the material. Therefore, the bit will “plunge” through soft material and leave an undesirable finish. For harder materials, the drill bit will break. Additionally, it is difficult for robots to move in a straight line, which will result in a crooked hole.
Conversely, force based drilling makes it easy to account for the wear of the drill bit. With process development a force is set that will cut the material at a desirable rate. Then, as the bit wears the cut time will increase. This time can be monitored in the program and used as a trigger to perform a robotic tool change. Because the force compliance device has a linear stroke, it provides a motion that in analogous to a drill press. This ensures a straight cut every time.
Robotic Drilling Aluminum
As an illustration, this video shows how effortless drilling can be. In fact, a robot paired with a PushCorp heavy duty servo spindle is just what you need to automate your manual material removal application.
This video showcases our STC1015 and AFD620. Together they are able to drill consistent, straight holes with ease.
Application Engineers With the Experience to Help You Succeed
Our application engineers have years of experience and can help recommend the right process equipment for your project. If you are new to integration or this is your first material removal application, we are here to help. For more robotic degating videos, make sure to check out our content below.