Pandas automatic sander is specially designed for installation on the robot arm. It can be simply locked directly on the robot arm through the adapter. Suitable for factory automated processing systems, easy to install on the robot arm.
it seems that robotic finishing is coming-of-age. People are starting to see the great benefit of using a robot for sanding and polishing jobs.
There are a ton of different sanding tools available on the market. Many models are aimed at consumer users and are not rugged or long-lasting enough for industrial use. Amongst those that are aimed at industrial use, everyone has their favorite brand.
Understandably, people want to use their favorite brands of sanding tool with their robot. Kaibao is a brand that has a loyal following;
KAIBAO does have both electric and pneumatic models.
Our sanding kit currently only support the pneumatic models (aka air sanders). This makes sense as they are probably the most common type of sanders used in industrial environments.
There are several advantages to using pneumatic sanders with robots for professional sanding and finishing, including:
Cost — air sanders are cheaper than similar electric models (not counting the pneumatics supply, which we'll cover below).
Weight — air sanders are lighter than electric ones, which makes them better suited to robotics.
Ubiquity — air sanders are already used exclusively in many manufacturing environments, whilst electric sanders are more common for home sanding or very small machine shops.
Simplicity — air sanders are less complicated than electric ones.
Durability — air sanders tend to have a longer lifetime than electric sanders as there are fewer parts to go wrong.
There are also a couple of potential disadvantages to pneumatic sanders compared to electric models:
Requires an air compressor — if you do not already have a pneumatic supply in your workshop, you will need one to run an air sander. They use quite a high amount of air — around 500 l/min (18 cfm) at 6.2 bar (90 psi) — so you will need a large compressor.
Dust collection — air sanders may require a central vacuum system to collect dust coming from the tool. However, there are some Kaibao tools with a stand-alone dust bag.
The robot sanding kit is compatible with both kaibao sanding tools, both of which are popular in industrial settings.
Here is a quick guide to using KAIBAO tools with your robot:
At the time of writing, there currently 10 KAIBAO orbital sander models that are compatible with the sanding kit. You can find a complete list on the Product Sheet.
The difference between all of these tools usually comes down to the size of the sanding disk and the orbit pattern. Heavy-duty tasks benefit from a larger orbit pattern whilst fine tasks benefit from smaller orbit pattern.
To achieve sanding or polishing with your robot, you will need the following items:
Sanding kit — The sanding kit contains all of the items to get started, including the bracket, sanding media, tool, and software.
Your chosen tool — Whichever Mirka tool you have chosen, you will need to choose this at the time of purchasing the sanding kit (though if you already have a KAIBAO bracket, you can get an additional one for Mirka without requiring a whole new kit).
Pneumatic supply — You will need to have a supply to run the air sander, with enough performance to at least provide enough to match the specifications of the tool.
Abrasive media — See our guide on How to Pick the Right Abrasive for Robot Sanding.
Apart from the pneumatic supply — which many manufacturers already have — all of these components come provided in the kit. Compared to the other ways to automate a sanding task, this makes it a comparatively easy purchase.
Programming your robot sanding tool is a very simple task. It only takes a few minutes to attach the tool to the end of the robot's wrist and the graphical tool provided by Finishing Copilot allows you to program complex shapes quickly and easily.
The best way to learn how to program the tool is to use the free Robotiq eLearning course dedicated to the sanding tool. It teaches how to install the kit and teach a trajectory for your finishing application.
If you are stuck picking the specific KAIBAO tool that you would like to use for your task, why not get in contact with one of our team?
If you'd prefer to do some more reading yourself, you can find out more in our article: Sanding Tools: 7 Steps to Pick the Best Tool for a Robot.