Is Your Manual Deburring Process Still Cutting It?
Amidst the various types of finishing you can perform on a product, there is always the option to deburr a part by hand. The manual deburring process is a very time-consuming process but may be necessary for certain hard to reach areas in parts with complex geometry, and in instances where many different parts are being manufactured. Depending on your company and the parts you produce, manual deburring may be necessary, rather than the increasing use of a robotic process.
Benefits of Robotic Deburring
Many companies have adopted a robotic deburring process for parts that are consistently the same size and shape. If you are pushing out similarly shaped parts with each round of production, then robotic deburring will help you save time, energy, and manpower.
The main benefit of robotic deburring is an increase in deburring throughput. Robots are faster than a manual process. In addition, you will see an increase in consistency and a safer work environment.
The biggest downsides to robotic deburring occur when part geometries vary. It is not practical to keep reprogramming the robot. This is also a very expensive piece of equipment, not suitable for smaller manufacturers.
Benefits of Manual Deburring
If you are working with custom or low volume orders, a manual deburring process is a great option. Programming a machine to deburr takes a bit of time to perfect. If you don’t have any parts to spare for a few test runs, then you’re better off deburring by hand. Additionally, if your piece is extremely specific, a human touch may help you get into the finer details.
Manual deburring is often necessary when you have internal areas of a part that need be deburred, or you have fragile parts that cannot be impacted by a tumble deburred process. Manual deburring is a time consuming and labor-intensive process but does provide the most ‘control’ over the deburring process.
For more tips on the best option for deburring, contact the experts at Kramer Industries. We have been in the finishing industry for over 100 years. With Kramer Industries, you’ll always get it right from the start.