Source: Comec announcement

PIACENZA, Italy — AFT Comec Grinding & Presses, a leading company in the manufacturing and distribution of high-precision machines for friction materials, has developed a new robotic grinder to extend its disc brake pad grinding solution.

The model RPF.51 is now available in addition to the popular COMEC cartesian multifunctional concept robotic grinders model RPF.21.

This machine combines the surface parallelism, thickness, and planarity precision of the COMEC traditional grinding solutions with the easy operating and flexibility of FANUC commercial anthropomorphic robots.

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The hybrid grinder type RPF.51 is equipped with two FANUC commercial anthropomorphic robots, which grind slots and chamfers (where the tolerances most of the times are not tight and then reachable by a commercial robot), while the thickness is ground on a SOLID COMEC grinding station to guarantee the best results in terms of parallelism and planarity.

When tolerances on chamfers and slots are tight, its traditional multifunctional grinders model RPF.21 and the linear grinders model RPF.6/LS are the most indicated grinding solutions.

The productivity of the hybrid RPF.51 grinding machine is about 1,000 pads/hour, depending on geometries.