Traditionally, purpose built “tack-off” machines have handled the painstaking task of removing dust and dirt particles from a vehicle before it is painted on an assembly line. ABB’s FeatherDuster system replaces these one-dimensional machines with an unheard of level of precision, control and flexibility by combining a standard ABB robot with an advanced rotating feather and vacuum tool to suck particles from the surface of the vehicle.
Easy programming and control
The FeatherDuster is controlled through ABB’s simple, familiar and time-tested user interface. Via the FlexPendant attached to the IRC5 Controller, users can program the entire cleaning cycle without the need for any additional software tools. In addition, PC-based virtual programing and simulation with ABB’s RobotStudio software saves time and allows fast path generation, simple setup, and robust backup/restore at a click of the mouse.
Reliable performance with high-quality production
Unique 3D control of the duster head in complete synchronization with the movement of the conveyor leads to more precise and thorough cleaning.
FeatherDuster can follow the contours of the car’s shape and conduct cleaning in a more efficient manner. The system’s rotating feathers clean dust from the surface, which is then sucked from the feathers by a vacuum. With each rotation, the feathers are de-ionized to release the dust and prepare for another pass over the vehicle surface.