Robotic machining feasibility study for Solidwool
Solidwool manufacture a sustainable composite material made with British wool and bio-resin. The company uses this beautiful and unique composite to create furniture, interior design finishes, and homewares. As a company focused on sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint of their products, Solidwool were interested in improving the efficiency of their manufacturing process.
A process of particular interest was trimming the excess bio-resin from the edges of their chairs after the moulding process. This excess material is a common and necessary feature when making many types of composite components. Trimming is typically done by hand using a disc cutter or with a CNC machine.
Trimming by hand is a time-consuming and highly variable process. The finish quality is reliant on the skill and dexterity of the operator, and mistakes can be costly. Although trimming with a CNC machine can produce a repeatable, high-quality finish, CNC machine costs can be inhibitive and have limited flexibility compared to multi-axis robotic solution.
Loop Technology offered to run a feasibility study using their RoboMACH HA cell to support Solidwool’s investigations into the latest technology on the market. RoboMACH HA is a high accuracy robotic machining system for complex, large volume applications.