A new robot system has been industrially developed for applications far beyond materials handling. The combination of CNC‐microcomputer control, all‐electrical DC‐drives, and a new geometry, results in a robot with unusually high programmability, accuracy and compactness. The robot is currently installed in industry doing both materials handling, precision arc welding, grinding, polishing and castings deburring and cleaning. The concept is presented, and some industrial applications are demonstrated where the robot welds and does complete steel parts finishing including sanding and polishing. One ASEA robot application is presented where the robot is doing a superior job of castings cleaning and deburring at a major Swedish foundry.
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