OnRobot Sander

Universal Robots is Demonstrating the OnRobot Sander at AWFS

Woodworkers who head for the AWFS show in Las Vegas this week are in for a treat at the Universal Robots booth (3069).  The company will be demonstrating the Visionary Award finalist, the OnRobot Sander, which will be deployed on a UR5e collaborative robot in a cabinet door sanding application. Along with getting an overview of the emerging role that cobots play in woodworking applications, attendees can get a chance to do a hands-on demo, programming the sanding application on their own!

The OnRobot Sander is an electric random orbital tool that was designed specifically for use on collaborative robots or lightweight industrial robot arms. Ready to use right out of the box, it consists of a plug-and-play sanding tool, standard sanding and polishing pads, intuitive programming software, an optional force sensor and a Grit Changer that enables automated switching between different sanding grits without operator intervention.

The OnRobot Sander is programmable by users of all skill levels, and that is done directly from the UR cobot’s own intuitive teach pendant.

The UR5e collaborative robot arm is the world’s most popular cobot and it handles material removal tasks such as sanding, polishing and deburring while making the best use of its built-in force sensing in all 6 axes.

Founded in 2005 by three university students in Denmark, Universal Robots “was the first company to deliver commercially viable collaborative robots”. A cobot is one that can work safely alongside humans in an environment such as a lean cell, where the machine can sense and avoid the person. A ballpark idea of the cost of installing a cobot with tools is that it should run about the price of hiring a semi-skilled worker for a year. In this tight employment market, cobots have become a viable option for woodshops, and they never call in sick, ask for a raise, or go work for the competition after they have been trained.

UR has its U.S. headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan with offices in Irvine, California; Garden City, New York; and Irving, Texas.