Posted By: Ryan Weaver

Robot polishing is a great way to improve safety, quality, and consistency of polished products. Both big and small businesses can use robots to improve their polishing tasks.

Polishing and buffing are finishing tasks that improve the surface quality of a product. An abrasive is run over the material, making it smoother, shinier, and sometimes more sanitary.

In the past, there were only two real options for polishing in manufacturing:

  1. Manual polishing — This involves using a power tool and running it over the surface of the material by hand. It is a very common approach, but can cause musculoskeletal problems and the quality can vary wildly.
  2. Autonomous polishing machines — These are like CNC machines with polishing tools instead of machining tools. Each machine is suited to a particular polishing process.
Recently, robots have become increasingly more popular for polishing tasks. Their flexibility and large workspace means that they can be applied to a wide range of polishing applications. They are also easy to reprogram for completely new tasks (not necessarily polishing tasks) which would be impossible for an autonomous polishing machine.

In their most recent blog post, Robotiq showcases 7 companies that are using polishing robots in their processes. Check it out.

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