A pair of Yaskawa Motoman robots arrived at Guyson’s Saratoga Springs factory this month and are being prepared for integration into two robotic grit-blasting systems under construction for a leading investment casting manufacturer.
Each Model MH-12 robot will be mounted on a reinforced pedestal fully inside the robotic blasting enclosure and will serve as a 6-axis nozzle manipulator. The hollow wrist of this robot allows the pressure-blast hose to be conveniently routed inside the articulated arm. The end-of-arm tooling will consist of a custom designed nozzle holder. Once installed in the grit-blast cabinet, the robot will be fitted with a tailored protective suit made of laminated fabric that will isolate the precision manipulator from the abrasive environment of the blast chamber.
Choice of the Yaskawa Motoman robots for this robotic blasting application was based on the preference of the customer, who already owns a number of Motoman units that have performed successfully for years in other areas of plant operations. Confidence in the brand, familiarity with the teach pendant programming tools and the reliable performance of the DX-200 robot controller made the customer’s selection of the robot an easy decision.