As well as being able to produce complete items, robots can be used to undertake a variety of finishing operations, in particular, robot trimming and drilling of moulded or pressed components
Robot trimming gives greater consistency than manual trimming as well as being quicker in most cases. Reliability can be further enhanced by fitting the robot with an inspection probe initially to ensure that the part is in the correct position before cutting starts.
Other finishing operations that can be automated with robots include polishing and robotic deburring. Again, replacing manual finishing improves speed and consistency. In addition, using robots eliminates the health and safety concerns resulting from demanding and repetitive manual operations.