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Force Control for Machining Applications


The traditional way in which a user programs a robot is to define the path and the speed.


These will be constant, independent of the process forces. If the path does not coincide with the surface and dimensions of the part, you will instantly have quality problems and potential damage to the tooling.

ABB has developed RobotWare Machining FC to overcome this problem. RW Machining FC makes the robot possess the capability of quickly and accurately adapting machining to the surface contour and consistency of the materials and component parts to be processed.
Three new functions, FC Graphical Programming Interface, FC Pressure and FC SpeedChange, add a new dimension to the use of robots in machining operations, that will result in improved process results and product quality, higher productivity, reduced programming time, shorter cycle time and lower cost.

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