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Episode 5: KUKA Robotics and 3M Team Up to Get Customers ready2_grind

Pat Duda, Senior Application Engineer for KUKA Robotics, and Scott Barnett, Application Engineering Manager - Robotic Abrasive Processing with 3M, join Tyler Kern to explain the ready2_grind solution the companies worked together to create as a weld grinding and blending solution.

Orange Intelligenz: KUKA Robotics and 3M Team Up to Get Customers ready2_grind

While robotics continues to become more and more advanced, there are some processes that still seem best done manually. They’re too complex, traditional thinking goes. But, while that may still be true for some processes, KUKA Robotics and 3M have developed a way in which weld processing can now be automated.
Episode 5 - KUKA and 3M ready2_grind
That's thanks to the ready2_grind, a pre-configured solution to automate weld grinding and blending processes.
“The applications are primarily grinding and blending of welds. The optimum welds would be butt and corner welds, where customers want to remove the weld and achieve a certain finish prior to, perhaps, painting or any other post-process they may have,” said Scott Barnett, Application Engineering Manager - Robotic Abrasive Processing at 3M.
 
The ready2_grind utilizes KUKA’s KR 60 robot and controller and tooling from 3M, including the Active Compliant Tool. It’s a partnership that can help customers as manual grinders become more difficult to hire and keep on.
Episode 5: KUKA's Pat Duda and 3M

The KR 60 has an ideal reach at about 2.5 meters to cover most grinding applications, like weld grinding and casting grinding. The mechanics are extremely rigid, and the path and velocity performance are really stable, also. That produces really consistent results.

Pat Duda, Senior Application Engineer, KUKA Robotics North America
With 3M tooling, like the 3M Active Compliant Tool, on the end of the KUKA robotic arm providing the abrasive section of the tool, the ready2_grind is a perfect example of two innovative companies teaming up and finding a way to integrate effectively.

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