Sanding is often dirty and dangerous work. The type of working that is perfect for a robot. OnRobot is looking to help automate finishing applications by today launching the OnRobot Sander. The all-electric, random orbital sander can be used with all major collaborative and lightweight industrial robots for sanding, polishing and more.
The OnRobot Sander comes with a plug-and-play sanding tool, a variety of sanding and polishing pads, programming software, an optional force torque sensor that could help it adapt to surface variations or part misalignment, and a Grit Changer that enables automated switching between different sanding grits without operator intervention.
The OnRobot Sander supports flat, curved and uneven part geometries and comes with replaceable standard pads. The sander weighs just 1.2 kg (2.64lb) with a pad and uses a brushless electric motor with up to 10,000 RPM.
The system also feature a “Save Position” button that allows users to set waypoints without using the robot’s teach pendant. The Sander software comes with different path planning options – handguide, shape and points, and allows users to adjust rotation speed.
“OnRobot is committed to democratizing automation, product by product and application by application, by making ready-to-go solutions available to companies that are completely new to automation,” said Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO of OnRobot. “We take the cost and complexity associated with automation away, leaving our customers with the all-important functionality they need to get the work done.”
It’s been a busy year for OnRobot. In June, the Denmark-based company launched the OnRobot Screwdriver that handles a wide range of screw sizes and lengths from M1.6 to M6. In April it introduced OnRobot Eyes, a 2.5D vision system for robot arms, and a soft robotic gripper designed to pick up small objects under 2.2kg. OnRobot in February introduced its 3FG15 three-finger gripper designed for heavy payload machine tending applications that require precision and flexibility. It features a 150mm stroke and 15 kg (33 lb) payload. It offers a gripping force from 10-250N.
OnRobot won a 2020 RBR50 Innovation Award for its One System Solution, which effectively turns all of OnRobot’s products into multi-purpose solutions that can be attached, programmed, and changed in minutes. It’s another example of OnRobot’s continued innovation and disruption of the EOAT market since it was founded in 2015.
In December 2019, OnRobot raised $27.5 million from the European Investment Bank and several Danish investors.