ARAS

Autonomous sanding and polishing toolkit for Universal Robots e-series cobots family

ARQUIMEA has extensive experience in robotics and algorithms to facilitate the use of robots in production processes of all types of industries. Our goal is to help automate processes to improve quality, efficiency and safety by developing tailored solutions for robotic platforms and cells.

Autonomous sanding/polishing toolkit – ARAS is an all-in-one equipment that ensures a uniform finish for polishing or sanding flat, curved or even flexible surfaces. The desired outcome is created by a user-friendly path planning algorithm which allows a fast drafting of the desired track. The robot will subsequently follow the defined path during the execution of the program. The user can define many parameters such as sanding orientation, path shape, different tracks concatenation, coverage, etc.

During the operation, ARAS controls and adjusts the applied force to the working piece automatically in order to achieve the desired finish. There is no need to teach the robot the curvature of the treated surface; ARAS can accomplish this task by outlining few points (e.g. 4 corners for a rectangular area). With the subsequent sanding operation, ARAS provides a complete map of the actual applied force to the treated surface for quality control purposes.

 

Autonomous sanding and polishing toolkit certified by Universal Robots for the e-series cobots

 

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Programming paths in less than 1 minute

 

Automatic adjustment to the surface

 

Quality and efficiency for low/medium production runs

How does the toolkit for cobots work?

This toolkit for Universal Robots cobots is based on software and hardware elements:

A set of software functions (URCap plug-in) that allows the operator to do a fast and easy parametrization of the desired sanding or polishing process:

    • A path planning function (ARQ-PATH-PLAN): this function allows the operator to easily define the area of sanding and compute different paths to cover the whole area while sanding. The operator just provides a few points (e.g. 4 corners for a quadrilateral area) of the desired working area and a user-friendly path planning algorithm allows a fast drafting of the desired track sanding orientation, path shape, series of different tracks, coverage, etc. There is no need for teaching the robot the curvature of the treated surface.
    • A sanding function (ARQ-SAND); this function allows the user to define the most important sanding parameters to control the performance of the sanding process, such as applied force, velocity and trajectory.
    • During the execution phase, ARAS automatically generates the path following user indications and controls the robot’s movements on the surface under processing to adapt dynamically. The actual force applied at each point to the workpiece is available to the operator for later quality analysis.

All hardware components are compatible with your URe cobot family for sanding or polishing.

 

Universal Robotskit for sanding and polishing

Key benefits of ARAS toolkit for Universal Robots cobots family

The kit includes all hardware and software for sanding. A fast installation procedure and a specifically designed user interface, permit a quick set-up and short learning curve. You can configure your sanding activity in just a few minutes. ARAS is specifically designed for an efficient automated low and medium production runs.

ARAS can be easily configured by the end user. Alternatively, ARQUIMEA provides engineering services for turnkey automation projects.

Easy to perform for serial paths

ARAS helps you to create a controlled path planning in order to automatise the sanding and polishing of your geometrically complexes surfaces for any kind o material in a esay, acurate and intuitive way.

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Quality feedback to ensure the perfect results

With the subsequent sanding operation, ARAS provides a complete map of the actual force applied to the treated surface for quality control purposes.

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Features of the toolkit for cobots

ARQUIMEA’s ARAS kit is an easy-to-use and all-in-one hardware and software kit that provides path planning capabilities and ensures a uniform finish when polishing or sanding plane, curved or even flexible surfaces.

ALL IN ONE

Easy sanding / polishing path planning generator.

EASY TO PERFORM FOR SERIAL PATHS

Allowing uniform finish.

QUICK CONFIGURATION

Innovative solution just providing a few points of the outline for sanding and a wizard path configurator. Programming of paths in less than 1 minute!

EFFORTLESS TO INTEGRATE

Light pneumatic sander with easy-to-connect mechanical interface to UR+ cobots.

SUITABLE FOR ANY SURFACE AND/OR MATERIAL

Dynamically adapted to unknown 3D surfaces or flexible materials.

PNEUMATIC SYSTEM AND ALUMINIUM TOOL INTERFACE

Safe Easy-to-use Non deflagrant Low maintenance and light.

DYNAMIC SURFACE ADAPTATION

Curve, planar and even flexible surfaces, ARAS can adapt to any type of surface.

SMART SANDING & QUALITY FEEDBACK

The existing force applied at each point of the workpiece is available to the user for later quality analysis.

 

All-in-one sanding and polishing kit for Universal Robots cobots include

ARAS sander

Electrovalve

Clamp assembly

Mechanical sander interface

Pneumatic circuit for air inlet

Corrugated vacuum tube and assembly for dust aspiration

Proccesing computer and power supply

USB stick

Ethernet cable

sanding kit includes

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