| 12:00 AM EST

Robotic Sanding Tool for Improved Surfaces

Last updated on 4/1/2020

End-effector allows consistency in surface prep


Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

A clever approach to surface prep has been developed by ATI Industrial Automation: a robotic sanding device that features compliance, which allows it to be used in a variety of applications, including those where there needs to be work lightly performed.

ATI end-effector

The AOV-10 end-effector can provide consistency in surface finishing due to its pneumatic compliance. (Image ATI Industrial Automation)

The AOV-10 Axially-Complaint Orbital Sander has a pneumatically actuated compliance mechanism that provides control of contact forces so as to achieve consistency in preparation from part to part. There is a double-acting motion that offsets the weight of the tool, which means that the same finish can be achieved regardless of the orientation of the tool on the robot arm (it can also be fitted to a fixture).

The robotic sander uses 3M abrasives. It can be fitted to a range of robot arms, from cobots to industrial robots.


  • 3M's Strategic Focus

    Whether it is abrasive material used in paint shops or filters cleaning the air coming into the cabins of vehicles, 3M technology is there. The company has long been a supplier to the auto industry—to both OEMs and other suppliers—and the executive director of the firm's Automotive Industry Center, Tom Beddow, is interested in increasing its role.

  • Mazda’s Striking Paint Designs

    Mazda North American Designers revealed four concept vehicles at SEMA this week.

  • Painting with Water at Toyota

    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky’s Plant Two paint department has developed the flexibility to paint both cars and minivans in the same facility. They’re painting small lots with high finish quality, all while dealing with the unforgiving nature of the water-borne process