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Robotic Auto Path Generation Technology



Acme Manufacturing offers technology tailored for the aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector. Robotic Auto Path Generation technology streamlines aerospace airfoil polishing and jet engine blade repair manufacturing. This new automated solution replaces traditional CNC grinding or manual finishing and, according to the company, is 3-4X faster.

"Due to unique part-to-part variations, aerospace engine component repair demands meticulous attention to detail," said a company spokesperson. "Acme's innovative Robotic Auto Path Generation technology simplifies the robotic programming process. This technology is ideal for high-mix and low-volume manufacturing. Calculated algorithms enable rapid part path generation, saving time and optimizing finishing operations."

Dany DeChamplain, Managing Director-Acme Singapore, said, "At Acme Manufacturing, we have harnessed the power of automated measurement and 3D surface scanning to cater specifically to the aerospace MRO industry's unique challenges. Our Robotic Auto Path Generation technology empowers aerospace MROs with an unparalleled tool that enhances precision, reduces downtime and increases overall operational efficiency. A recently installed system proved success. After I provided training to the customer, they were able to introduce 40 unique part models to the production system easily."

Key highlights of Acme's Robotic Auto Path Generation technology include:

  • Swift robot path generation: Acme's advanced 3D surface scanning technology is based on a "golden part" to facilitate the automatic generation of a part-specific robot path, reducing manual intervention and programming time. Once a new part is introduced to the system, programs are saved for quick changeover.
  • Precision enhancement: The software-based technology creates precise part paths that produce a consistent surface finish for material removal. Combined with advanced automated inspection, this new technology helps to eliminate part-to-part variations and enables repair facilities to meet strict tolerances in the aerospace MRO industry.
  • Seamless integration: Acme's HMI provides a user-friendly interface for quick and easy system integration, with an intuitive process for operators.
  • Consistency and quality: There is limited access to original CAD data in the high-mix, low-volume aerospace MRO industry. In-service components that have been subject to wear may not match original specifications. The system uses a "golden part" as a reference to measure each part and generate robot paths to produce accurate specifications.
  • Increased productivity: Aerospace MRO manufacturers can increase productivity with Acme's Robotic Auto Path Generation technology. Robotic material removal solutions improve safety and lower unit costs.

For more information contact:

Acme Manufacturing Company

4240 North Atlantic Blvd.

Auburn Hills, MI 48326

248-393-7300

www.acmemfg.com

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