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Automation of Deburring Operations Supporting Business Growth

The Issue APN Global is a Québec-based growing company looking for solutions to increase its production capacity.  As a pioneer in 4.0 concepts, the company looked to automation to improve its deburring capacity (removal of edges on metal parts).  With the situation of a labor shortage, it is difficult for APN Global to hire manual operators to perform the deburring operation. Training of these operators is lengthy to ensure the quality and consistency their customers expect. Initial Situation Hundreds of parts to deburr each year 5 manual operators for deburring operations working in 2 shifts 1,500 to 2,000 working hours per year per operator The Solution Robotic system: BF-X 200-c DEBURRING Robot ©Fanuc – LR Mate 200iD Abrasive Brushes – Bristle Brush ©3M Part flipper Part loading drawer Integration of tools used during manual process Reamer and Flex Hone Programming and operating software BrainWave The Results Within 3 weeks after the installation of the robotic system at APN Global, the company had programmed and approved the automated deburring of 6 different parts. This represents around 750 hours of fully automated deburring per year, which is the equivalent of an additional half-resource. After a short customised training on the BrainWave software, APN Global is now autonomous for the robotic programming adjustment of the other parts in its production. The next goal for APN Global is to increase the automated deburring hours per year, in addition to the work done by its manual operators. Constant Quality Thanks to the robotic system Productivity Capacity Increase 750 hours of deburring per year (and more to come) Client’s Flexibility and Autonomy To program automated deburring for new parts AV&R’s robotic system is an integral part of APN’s finishing operations. It’s a tool we can program internaly and easily operate in our shop. William St-Germain, Automation Director Related Case Studies See all