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Finishing robots: a review of technologies and applications

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Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of finishing robot technology and its applications. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The paper initially considers the development of automated finishing technologies and then discusses robotic systems. The uses of robotic finishing are illustrated through reference to a range of applications and case histories and a final section summarises the key benefits of the technology. Findings ‐ The paper shows that robotic finishing is being adopted by a range of industries including the aerospace, automotive, medical and household goods sectors. The technology has been shown to yield significant benefits, notably improved productivity, cost reductions, more consistent quality and reduced reject levels. Originality/value ‐ The paper provides a useful insight into robotic finishing and illustrates the key applications and benefits of the technology.
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Keywords: Abrasives; Applications; Grinding; Polishing; Robotics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 9, 2009

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