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WITH SENSITIVE ROBOTICS TO THE PERFECT PROCESS

Leading companies in a wide variety of industries from all over the world rely on the extensive product range and in-depth know-how of FerRobotics. You have the highest quality standards and expect economic efficiency and process reliability. Active Compliant Technology from FerRobotics is suitable for every conceivable task in surface processing as well as contact-sensitive handling and reliably covers industry-specific requirements and priorities. From plant, railway, machine or ship construction, to the electrical, energy or glass industries, to furniture or sanitary production - FerRobotics offers the right products, services and solutions for all industries. With our expert knowledge and our in-depth Industry 4.0 experience, complex manual work can be automated, employees can be relieved and critical automation gaps can be closed.

Typical applications:

  • Post-weld seam processing
  • Post-processing of cast parts
  • Surface preparation for painting

Grinding,
polishing,
deburring

Guitar body sanding

Automation made possible thanks to Active Compliant Technology

Automated sanding of guitar bodies

Difficult shapes, long cycle times, tiring manual work and a lack of available employees are mainly the reasons for automation. The AOK XS offers highest process quality and is ideal for the surface finishing of small areas and difficult shapes. The integrated complete solution automates the industrial sanding process with individual control of all process parameters.

Automated heavy grinding

Our unique package solution Active Angular Kit HD was specifically constructed for heavy grinding applications and is ideal for heavy material removal. The AAK HD offers highest process quality from a single source and is suitable for all industries and materials.

Automated fireplace sanding and finishing

Due to labor shortage, companies like the stove manufacturer HASE Kaminofenbau have to automate their production. Together with our partner SHL AG we designed a grinding cell for a a flawless structure-free surface finish. With the integrated AOK not only high-quality was achieved but also huge abrasive savings and an unbeatable fast ROI in less than 2 years.

Automated propeller grinding with the ACF-Kit - Die Grinder Angular

The ACF-Kit is presumably the simplest and most flexible Cobot tool on the market and optimizes a wide range of previously manual surface treatments. Equipped with the Active Compliant Technology, the ACF-K offers a high degree of sensitivity and guarantees ideal process quality. The versatile and user-friendly plug & play tool is suitable for surface processing of almost all shapes and materials.

Automated weld leveling with the AAK

Due to reliably metered contact force and perfect adaption to the surface, the AAK delivers consistently high surface quality, which could not be achieved manually. With the AAK welded seams are grinded automatically and do not require any reworking whatsoever.

Automated deburring of complex shaped workpieces

The process optimized end-of-arm package solution Active Angular Kit compensates tolerances on workpieces and applies a consistent contact force. That way the AAK delivers exactly reproducible deburring quality even on complex shaped objects. Industrial grinding and deburring processes can be automated and optimized for 24/7 production.

Perfectly sanded bathtubs

Modern high-end bathtubs need to be sanded and polished carefully to achieve a perfect surface quality with a perfect surface feel. Instead of costly and time consuming manual work the ACF helps to increase productivity enormously. Less manpower, less abrasive consumption, heavily reduced cycle times and constant quality are just some important advantages.

Fully automated sanding or polishing of wooden parts

The Active Orbital Kit 905 sands or polishes complex shapes, edges and curves of shaped wooden parts with an exact constant contact force under interactive consideration of material-related tolerances. Automated sanding of the sensitive material wood enables a reproducible, high quality standard as well as a significant expansion of production capacities.

Automated sanding of acrylic glass

With its simple set up and easy programming, the AOK905 is beneficial to any production. Due to the automated tolerance compensation, the precise and consistent contact force and low motor currents the quality of the grinding results is on a high level. A long operating life and low maintenance efforts are huge economic benefits.

Automated sandpaper changing station for finesse sanding

For a fully automated sanding process not only the suitable orbital sander is essential but also the equipment it comes with on order. The delivered abrasive changing station includes a paper removing tool and a paper magazine with internal process control. The changing station can be used for our AOK XS with adhesive papers daisy shape.

Automated brushing with the ACF-Kit - Die Grinder

The ACF-Kit with its large selection of tools covers an extremely wide range of applications. Due to the real time force control and the automatic tolerance compensation brushing with the ACF-Kit guarantees the highest quality possible. Flexible as it is, it can be either used as end of arm tool or as a static tool as shown in the video.

Automated weld leveling with the ACF-Kit - Angle Grinder

Modular built, the ACF-Kit has been designed for surface processing of all kinds of different shapes and materials. With minimal programming effort and almost no set-up time the ACF-K automates almost all manual grinding works. Equipped with our patented Active Compliant Technology, the process force remains constant even with changing orientations.

Automated deburring with the ACF-Kit - Belt File

The ACF-K is specially optimized for the needs of the flexible production of small lot sizes. Thanks to the modular structure, the user-friendly plug & play tools can be changed within seconds with no additional programming required in the application. With its large selection of tools the ACF-Kit covers an extremely wide range of applications.

Automated furniture sanding

With the unique ACF-Kit sanding and finishing of surfaces is easier than ever before. Due to the integrated tolerance compensation and force control, generated by the Active Compliant Technology, highest quality standards regarding surfaces condition can be achieved. Besides saving time based on a simple and quick job modulation, saving abrasives is a huge economic benefit.

Automated grinding of a wooden seat shell

With the Active Compliant Technology, which is integrated in all FerRobotics products, grinding of complex shaped surfaces is easier than ever before. Due to the precise force control and the automated tolerance compensation high quality results are guaranteed.

Automated sandpaper changing station for AOKXS

For a fully automated sanding process not only the robot suitable orbital sander is essential but also the equipment it comes with on order. This changing station can be used for our AOK XS with hook and loop sandpapers daisy shape.

Automated glass engraving

Because of its sensitivity the ACF is the ideal tool for the automated engraving of glasses. The contact intelligence of the ACF allows tolerances automatically to be balanced and thus achieves high and reproducible quality. Due to the reliably dosed force and perfect adaption to the surface an even engraving is guaranteed.

Demo of automatic tolerance compensation

The ACF is an active compensation element that compensates tolerances autonomously and doses and also maintains the required force. As active-sensitive automation solution, the ACF ensures constant and high quality even in case of material-related deviations. It combines reliability with optimal functionality.

Testing automated steel grinding with a cobot

The versatile ACF-Kit enables automated surface processing of various shapes and materials with almost no implementation effort. Due to its active force control and constant contact force all along the entire surface course, the ACF-Kit guarantees optimum grinding quality like on this steel surface.

Automated sand paper changing station

For a fully automated sanding process not only the robot suitable orbital sander is essential but also the equipment it comes with on order. The delivered abrasive changing station includes a paper removing tool and a paper magazine with internal process control. The package is designed for industrial use, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Manual assisted sanding

The ACF achieves a guaranteed high surface quality due to its reliable metered force and perfect adaption to the surface. In collaboration with humans, the ACF provides a top quality standard with significantly lower abrasive consumption.

Tolerance compensation with the ACF-Kit - Die Grinder

Thanks to the interactive compensation of surface tolerances and guaranteed constant contact force, the ACF-Kit achieves exactly reproducible quality. Even with changing inclination the process force stays the same and does not require any additional programming effort.

Automated sanding and polishing of large surfaces

Automated grinding, sanding and polishing instead of costly manual work processes - the Active Orbital Kit 601 is the perfect tool for surface treatment of large surfaces like railway cars, busses, planes or ship bodies. The integrated complete solution automates the industrial sanding process with individual control of all process parameters.

Higher productivity through an automated sanding process

In order to prepare air tanks of compressors for painting, an exact sanding process is necessary. Previously, this had to be carried out in a labor intensive, stressful and time-consuming manual work step. The AOK flexibly adapts to the surface and delivers a precisely even and reproducible surface appereance.

Perfect surface for sanitary facilities

Complex shaped sanitary facilities require best results in surface treatment as the quality is essential for the the further manufacturing process. Cycle times get significantly reduced. The ACF comes with the essential combination of interactive surface tracking and active force control which is crucial to the quality.

Active force control for unattended system cooperation

The innovative Active Belt Grinder flexibly automates the reliable surface processing of small and medium-sized work pieces. The ABG adapts to the contour of the workpiece while maintaining a persistent contact force. This is ideal for an effective and reliable automated grinding or polishing process. It is suitable for a high diversity of parts and heavily contoured surfaces.

Fully automated grinding of wooden parts

The Active Contact Flange grinds complex shapes, rough edges or curves of molded wood parts precisely with consistently equal contact force while compensating for inherent material properties. This technological improvement replaces the manual grinding of the delicate material wood, thus delivering a reproducible high quality standard as well as a considerable enhancement of production capacities.

Precise material removal through constant contact force

The constant contact force of the Active Compliant Technology ensures the precise material removal of defects on the outside of iron bars. Since the thin iron bars get blown to tubes, it is crucial to not remove too much material. This fully automated repair solution drastically simplifies the so far manual process and provides a reliable quality record of the relevant process data.

Homogeneous surface roughness in the food industry

The contact-sensitive processing, conducted by the AOK and grinding roller effortlessly achieves the grinding pattern on stainless-steel workpieces required in the food industry. This special solution automates manual stainless-steel grinding, raises quality, lowers processing time, reduces consumption of abrasive materials and is suitable for even small batch sizes.

Rapid contacting of surfaces subject to tolerances

This polishing process demonstrates that with the ACF surfaces can be contacted rapidly and reliably. Special functions prevent the formation of grinding marks. This significantly shortens cycle times and the process becomes precisely reproducible and seamlessly controllable. Uniform 24/7 processing ensures a constant level of quality.

Grinding of visible welds

Welded seams that are visible and have to be painted need to be leveled. The ACF automates this activity with consistently high quality and thereby significantly lowers abrasive consumption. Due to the defined contact force and interactive compensation of surface tolerances the result is always reproducible.

Grinding of visible welds

As a result of the contact intelligence that the ACF provides, tolerances can be compensated automatically and thus a reproducible high quality can be achieved which could never be obtained manually. Therefore welded seams that are visible and painted over in the follow-up inspection can be leveled easily with the ACF.

Manufacturing of complex contours

The ACT-robotized finishing increases productivity visibly with an optimal yield of good parts. It not only reduces processing steps but also increases process reliability. The ACF now conducts fully-automatic handling of precision work, which up to now could only be performed by a few experienced specialists.

The intelligent belt grinding machine

Pressing force and belt speed can be controlled independently on the ABG. The combination of variable force control and belt speed optimizes the surface finishing of all materials and saves work steps. Even when changing the grinding belt, there is no need for readjustment. As a sensitive-active built grinder, the ABG is a customized solution for grinding, polishing and deburring on a highest level.

Grinding of exposed concrete

Modern architecture is characterized by creativity and ingenuity. The ACF lends a revitalized elegance to the basic material of concrete. Due to the interactive compensation of surface tolerances and the consistent contact force highest surface quality is guaranteed.

Contact-sensitive processing of carbon parts

The sensitive Active Compliant Technology follows the surface contour and independently levels the process-dependent tolerances. It produces the surface finish required for further processing and achieves the highest level of quality Products made of carbon can thus be processed easily, reliably and automatically.

Pre-grinding for painted composite parts

With the ACF sophisticated composite parts receive a perfect automated polish in 24/7 operations. Thanks to force control, the ACF guarantees a uniform surface roughness, thus significantly improves paintwork quality and eliminates possible molding flaws.

Manual assisted sanding

In collaboration with humans, the ACF provides a top quality standard for the world market with significantly lower abrasive consumption. Due to its reliable metered force and perfect adaption to surfaces, the ACF guarantees reproducible quality with significantly lower abrasive consumption.

Belt grinding solution for heavy-duty applications

With this complete solution, productivity is increased by up to 80%, and at the same time, abrasive consumption is reduced by up to 75%. The specially developed heavy grinding solution achieves removal performance of up to 14 kg of material per hour. The optimized design ensures that the weld will not be ground through.

Fully-automated machining of cast parts

This fully-automatic processing ensures the required constant quality for a smooth installation. In the case of bearing housings for chain-driven vehicles, the sprues and burrs must be removed. In the initial step of this process, the position of the sprues is selected by a laser. In the second step, the sprues are fully removed automatically and thus replace burdensome manual labor.

Fully-automated compensation of tolerances

The ACF is an active balancing element that automatically compensates tolerances and thereby doses and precisely maintains the desired levels of force. As an active sensitive automation solution, the ACF also ensures constant quality even in case of material-based variances. Even veneers of 0.2 mm are not undergrinded.

Automated surface finishing in food processing industry

FerRobotics achieves maximum surface roughness of 4µm in a fully-automated robotic process. Only automation by means of ACF and the matching grinding tool guarantees precise force control and stability of this decisive work step. This surface finish is crucial to the quality of the product.

Testing automated chrome-nickel grinding

The versatile ACF-Kit enables automated surface processing of various shapes and materials with almost no implementation effort. Due to its active force control and constant contact force all along the entire surface course, the ACF-Kit guarantees best possible grinding quality like on this chrome-nickel surface.

Testing automated chrome-nickel grinding

The versatile ACF-Kit enables automated surface processing of various shapes and materials with almost no implementation effort. Due to its active force control and constant contact force all along the entire surface course, the ACF-Kit guarantees best grinding quality like on this chrome-nickel surface.

Automated deburring with ACF-Kit - Angle Grinder

The user-friendly Plug&Play tool ACF-Kit has been developed especially for the needs of a flexible production. Thanks to the modular design, the tools can be changed in seconds and thus be used for a wide variety of applications within a very short time. The Kit contains a large selection of attachable devices for all sorts of surface processing and is ideal for almost all shapes and materials.

Joining,
adhering,
mounting

Joining bottle bottom

Automated joining process with integrated quality control

Automated joining process with an integrated quality control

Through controlled placement of the bottom of the bottle to the bottle by means of ACF, the workpiece is completed. The feedback of the actual force and position provides fully-automatic control whether the workpiece meets the quality requirements.

Joining with integrated quality control

The ACF offers force control for both, pushing and pulling. That is why this equipment is the ideal automation solution for inserting plugs on car bodies. At the same time, the firm fit of the plug is checked and all joining parameters are transmitted by the ACF to the control system. Each work step is documented precisely, enabling quality control to be carried out continuously and fully automatic.

Handling

Stack glass and ceramics

Rapid and intuitive stacking of critical workpieces

Rapid and intuitive stacking of critical workpieces

Thanks to the sensitive ACT, it is possible to quickly grip critical parts such as e.g. glass or ceramics and rapidly and sensitively touch defined stacking heights. The placement process is significantly facilitated through the functional sensitivity. The process creation occurs easily and quickly without complicated calculations.

 

Quality
control

Testing of abrasives

Fully-automated quality test of abrasives

Fully-automated quality test of abrasives

The ACF constantly exerts the same force and compensates fully automatic material removal. As a result, the tool life and removal rate of the grinding disc can be precisely determined. In this process, managing the contact force plays a decisive role.

Fully-automated quality control of keys

Through the feedback of the ACF via the force-path detection, force curve and trigger point of the key are documented. The test simulates manual operator behavior. With the active contact flange, the process is automated and quality control is integrated into the existing process without major time and effort.

Cobot
applications

Propeller grinding

Automated grinding with precise contact forces

Automated propeller grinding with the ACF-Kit - Die Grinder Angular

The ACF-Kit is presumably the simplest and most flexible cobot tool on the market and optimizes a wide range of previously manual surface treatments. Equipped with the Active Compliant Technology, the ACF-K offers a high degree of sensitivity and guarantees optimal process quality. The versatile and user-friendly plug & play tools are suitable for surface processing of almost all shapes and materials.

Automated deburring with the ACF-Kit - Belt File

The ACF-K is specially optimized for the needs of a flexible production of small lot sizes. Thanks to the modular structure, the user-friendly plug & play tools can be changed within seconds with no additional programming required in the application. With its large selection of tools the ACF-Kit covers an extremely wide range of applications.

Automated weld leveling with the ACF-Kit - Angle Grinder

Modular built, the Active Contact Flange Kit has been designed for surface processing of all kinds of different shapes and materials. With minimal programming effort and almost no set-up time the ACF-K automates almost every manual grinding work. Equipped with the patented Active Compliant Technology, the process force remains constant even with changing orientations.

Demonstration of tolerance compensation

With the unique Active Compliant Technology it is possible to compensate tolerances automatically in real time. Thus, it is possible to compensate tolerances with a collaborative robot without a safety stop. An ATC-optimized roboter offers force control as well as consistent contact force and therefore enables a high reproducable quality.

Automated brushing with the ACF-Kit - Die Grinder

The ACF-Kit with its large selection of tools covers an extremely wide range of applications. Due to the real time force control and the automatic tolerance compensation brushing with the ACF-Kit guarantees the highest quality possible. Flexible as it is, it can be either used as end of arm tool or as a static tool as shown in the video.

Automated sanding of acrylic glass

With its simple set up and easy programming, the AOK905 is beneficial to any production. Due to the automated tolerance compensation, the precise and consistent contact force and low motor currents the quality of the grinding results is on a highest level. A long operating life and low maintenance efforts are huge economic benefits.

Fully automated sanding of wooden parts

The Active Orbital Kit 905 sands or polishes complex shapes, edges and curves of shaped wooden parts with the exact constant contact force under interactive consideration of material-related tolerances. An automated sanding process of the sensitive material wood enables a reproducible, high quality standard as well as a significant expansion of production capacities.

Joining with integrated quality control

The ACF offers force control for both, pushing and pulling. That is why this equipment is the ideal automation solution for inserting plugs on car bodies. At the same time, the firm fit of the plug is checked, and all joining parameters are transmitted by the ACF to the control system. Each work step is precisely documented, enabling quality control to be carried out continuously and fully automatic.

Automated furniture sanding

With the unique ACF-Kit sanding and finishing of surfaces is easier than ever before. Due to the integrated tolerance compensation and force control, generated by the Active Compliant Technology, highest quality standards regarding surface conditions can be achieved. Besides saving time, due to the simple and quick job modulation, saving abrasives is a huge economic benefit.

Testing automated chrome-nickel grinding

The versatile ACF-Kit enables automated surface processing of various shapes and materials with almost no implementation effort. Due to its active force control and constant contact force all along the entire surface course, the ACF-Kit guarantees best possible grinding quality like on this chrome-nickel surface.

Testing automated steel grinding

The versatile ACF-Kit enables automated surface processing of various shapes and materials with almost no implementation effort. Due to its active force control and constant contact force all along the entire surface course, the ACF-Kit guarantees optimum grinding quality like on this steel surface.

Tolerance compensation with the ACF-Kit - Die Grinder

Thanks to the interactive compensation of surface tolerances and a guaranteed constant contact force, the ACF-Kit achieves exactly reproducible quality. Even with changing inclination the process force stays the same and does not require any additional programming effort.

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