Before, deflashing shops mainly depended on casual manual labor. But temperatures, fumes and dust as well as the high quality requirements made a change necessary. The robot solution was chosen over a linear portal because of the flexibility needed to handle the high number of component variants, frequent model upgradation and complexity of shapes. The resulting consistency in quality of the aluminium components has more than satisfied the criteria Grind Master required: “Robotic deflashing is a transformation of the foundry and human lives therein, by creating a hazard-free, safe and healthy work environment, delivering high quality parts and matching global manufacturing practices. With the success of the first two deflashing robots, we would like to proceed with automation of the entire foundry with robots for this operation,” says Sameer Kelkar.