You can read Hannover Fairs USA’s coverage on Force Robots here.
Hannover Fairs is the English counterpart to Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial fair hosted annually in Hannover, Germany. The first fair was in 1947 and has grown to over 6,500 exhibitors and 250,000 attendees. Hannover Fairs USA is the leading force behind Industrial Automation North America (IANA) co-located within the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS).
In a report titled “Robot With a Soft Touch Machines and Grinds Castings– Metal finishing automation enabled by a force-compliant arm” the article states things such as
It can “feel” existing part contours, match it to a CAD reference,
nd autonomously work to remove material to specification. Consolidated Precision Products’
Cleveland foundry is first to use it to remove excess material on difficult-to-reach areas of tough,precision-cast turbine engine components.
With part geometry determining the tool path, the control software
can identify the location and amount of excess material by comparing the tool trajectory to a CAD model reference. Automatically generated tool trajectories focus effort on the needed areas until the measured surface contour matches the CAD specification. This closed-loop mode of operation means the system delivers robust results despite numerous process variations, including part fixturing, the amount of material needing to be removed, and the changing size and efficiency of the material removal tool.