Router Trimming

router trimming

Robotic Router Trimming

Shape Process Automation's robotic router cutting and router trimming systems are designed to help manufacturers trim more parts per hour, reduce downtime and improve employee safety. These path intensive automated routing applications require a special knowledge of what it takes to create a reliable, repeatable and flexible automated routing and router trimming solution. Robotic router trimming systems typically remove personnel from demanding tasks that require attention to path detail and replace CNC router machines that are more costly to operate.

As FANUC's exclusive partner in the Americas for non-metallic automated routing applications, Dynamic Robotic Solutions has extensive knowledge of router trimming processes and access to the latest robotic router technology.

Contact us today to speak with an experienced application person in your area, or to take advantage of the services offered at our Process Solution Center.

How the Robotic Router Trimming Process Works

The Automated Routing Process

A robotic router is a fast and efficient material separation process that takes place when a router bit, attached to a high-speed automated routing spindle on the end of the robot, is driven into a part and robotic router head is guided along the area to be trimmed. The robotic router, which produces a very clean edge in plastics and composites, can be programmed to cut through the part completely or trim the material to a predetermined depth (ie. Weakening the carrier of an instrument panel around and airbag pocket).

Shape Process Automation's AccuTrim® R-Series router trimming robots easily process complicated three dimensional parts that trim presses or a CNC router can't. Shape Process Automation's robotic router systems can also produce more quality parts per hour than a CNC Router because tool changes, high speed air moves and fixture changeovers are accomplished more quickly and easily with our advanced 3D robotics.

Part Placement for Automated Routing

In order for the Robotic Router to produce the best quality cut, it's essential that a part be placed securely onto a well-made fixture. Mechanical clamps, vacuum cups and vacuum systems can be used to achieve this. Shape Process Automation's RouterVac vacuum system can also be used. It was designed to not only secure the part, but to remove dust and chips produced during the router trimming process.

Common Automated Routing Applications

Materials like fiberglass, polypropylene, instrument panel substrates, composites, polycarbonate/PCABS, gel coat and FRP, low pressure molded polypropylene, vinyl, acrylic, wood, and SMC (as well as some others) are ideal for router trimming. Router bits cut cleanly through thick materials without leaving burrs.