Finishing operations such as grinding, honing, lapping and polishing improve the quality of workpiece surfaces, for example by reducing their waviness and roughness. These processes are subject to multi-stage individual operations and require long production times, especially in toolmaking. While shaping machining such as milling or spark erosion could be automated in toolmaking, the subsequent fine machining of the tools continues to be carried out manually. Manual fine machining as the final process step is decisive for product quality. Manual fine machining of tools can account for up to 50 percent of the total production time (several weeks of manual work per tool) and 15 percent of the total production costs (production costs up to 1,000,000 euros).
For automated fine machining, we are developing robot- and machine-based grinding and polishing technologies to replace the still manual operations in tool and mold making..
- Automation solutions for precision machining
- Polishing technology
- Ultra-precision machining
- Grinding and honing