Cutting robots are used for cutting a workpiece into a number of smaller and independent pieces. They are also used for removing material from a cutting mistake that results in lower product waste. Cutting robots keep the employees protected from fumes or dust that may release during the cutting operation.
At Alfarobot, we offer cutting robots with safety features, customized end-of-arm-tooling, and customizable features. Our cutting robots have undergone thorough inspection and reconditioning processes.
Plasma cutting is commonly used in metal fabrication, car repair, and agricultural maintenance. A stream of ionized gas is used for plasma cutting at temperatures over 20,000 °C. In addition to melting the material, the ionized jet also sweeps debris out of the cut.
In this application, the robot is attached with a plasma cutting tool and it will draw along the cut line slowly.
Laser cutting robots are widely used in medical device manufacturing, jewelry, and automotive industries. They have low energy consumption and can cut materials in an extremely efficient way. Also, they are attached with a powered laser tool onto their wrist.
Cutting robots for wood cutting are excellent at cutting intricate designs. If you want to increase the efficiency and precision of your wood cutting operations, robotic wood cutting is a good option.
Pipe cutting is the process of using a robot to cut a hollow pipe or tube. Plastic and metal are examples of the materials the robots can cut. Robotic pipe cutting can be done with laser cutting, sawing, abrasives, and other methods. Programming the robot may require a quite different strategy for each. As an example, while cutting with a laser, the laser can be installed to the robot. And for band saw cutting, the cutting robots will move or hold the workpiece.
Hot Wire Cutting
Hot wire cutting is a process of cutting polystyrene foam using a heated metal wire. This process is commonly used by architects and for making props used for movies. One of the major advantages of hot wire cutting is that the chance workers being exposed to the toxic vapors caused by the burning foam is decreased.
There are two ways to use a robot for hot wire cutting. One is to fasten the hot wire to the robot’s end. And the other involves the robot holding the polystyrene workpiece and moving it through a permanently heated wire.
Using a robot to cut beams made of metal, wood, or other materials is known as robotic beam cutting. Using robots produces better-quality cuts and have fewer errors than cutting manually.
A robot can cut a variety of metals such as iron, aluminum, and steel.
Flame cutting is a process that uses fuel source such as gas and an oxygen to produce a high-energy flame. Flame cutting robots are suitable cutting metal carbon steel, cast irons, and low-alloy steels. They have a tool attached to their end so they can melt and cut the material.
Flame cutting has the advantage of not requiring additional power sources, unlike other processes. All you need is the flame cutting tool and cylinders for gas and oxygen.
Another technique for cutting plastic is the ultrasonic cutting. Ultrasonic cutting uses an ultrasonic energy to cut plastic materials through.
Ultrasonic cutting robots have fusing effects along the cut line. Due to that, they have neat cuts. Compares to other cutting methods, they produce less heat.
Additionally, ultrasonic cutting robots not only cut plastics but also flexible materials such as foam, food, etc.
Stone fabrication businesses have been using CNC or computer numerical control saws for many years. But even so, stone cutting robots are also becoming more and more popular in stone cutting applications.
Many stone fabricators discovered that cutting robots have a smaller footprint and need less maintenance than other cutting methods. Stone cutting robots also enhances the performance and efficiency of the production process.
Water Jet Cutting
Robotic water jet cutting is a widely used cutting process for across industries. As an example, water jet cutting is utilized in the medical sector to cut artificial limbs and wipe out surgical instruments. It is also employed in the production of splashbacks for kitchens and stained glass.
A strong water jet is used in water jet cutting to cut the material through. It is therefore a very sustainable method of cutting.
Cutting robots reduce product waste and cutting errors. They also have more accuracy, precision, and speed. Due to their speed, they can:
- increase productivity
- reduce cycle times
- shorten lead times
- make the finished products reach the consumers faster
Additionally, cutting robots improve the safety of workers by removing them from risky work environments. They also have excellent cut quality since they have self-sharpening tool options, a programmable trackball, and more control. Cutting robots have a small footprint which results in reduced floor space and enables more productivity.
Automating cutting operations using robots are benefiting many industries. Cutting robots give them a competitive advantage over their rivals by enhancing both quality and productivity. They are useful in industries such as:
- Foam Polymers
Cutting operations in these industries frequently involve repetitiveness and great volume, which is why they used cutting robots.
A cartesian robot with a laser or plasma cutter is ideal and could be preferable if you need to precisely and swiftly cut huge chunks of metal. A six-axis cutting robot that has a mechanical shear would be the best choice if you need to cut the fabric into pieces that are 1 square meter in size.
Our cutting robots can be pre-engineered or customized with a different robot cutter tool depending on the type of workpiece, its size, and its material. They can also be integrated with force sensors for sensory feedback and robotic vision systems for advanced accuracy which is needed for more complex tasks.
Alfarobot can produce cutting robots that are exactly based on your requirements and specifications.