Robotic Metal Refinishing | A Brief History

March 7, 2018
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March 7, 2018 Bend Plating

Robotic Metal Refinishing | A Brief History

Only 10% of metal polishing shops offer automated or robotic finishing services. And finding metal finishing or refinishing in Oregon is near impossible. In our minds, this is a huge miss for the market. Manual polishing is time-consuming, expensive, and in a lot of cases, unnecessary. While manual polishing can be great in the case of small one-off projects such as prototypes, most companies are looking for large runs of specific parts.

We Offer Robotic Metal Finishing

Take the automotive industry for example. It would take a lot of time and money to manually polish each and every exhaust pipe in a product line.

That’s why Bend Plating offers robotic metal refinishing. Our company provides robotic polishing services for high volume projects in the gaming, automotive, marine, medical, or dental industries. That means your projects take less time and are less labor-intensive to finish. Because robotics do not need to take lunch breaks or sleep, they keep polishing until the job is done. That’s efficiency at its finest.

So why isn’t automated metal polishing more commonplace? Why is it so difficult to find robotic metal refinishing? Well, allow us to provide a brief history.

A Brief History of Robotic Metal Refinishing

Though robots have long been a staple of science fiction novels and plays, they first got their big break during the Second World War. Henry Ford brought the issue of “efficiency” to the forefront of the manufacturing experience. Though they weren’t very sophisticated or in widespread use at the time, the idea began to spread: robots might be able to be more efficient than manual human labor. At least, if technology could become advanced enough to achieve it.

Achieve it they did. Engineers and programming experts spent the following years developing technology that could assist the manufacturing process. By 1961 General Motors employed robotic spot welders, and in 1969 the Stanford Arm allowed manufacturing robots more freedom of movement. Soon after, the Silver Arm was created at MIT spurring on an industry boom that would continue from the 1970’s to the present day.

Now, robotics help with many manufacturing processes. Because the technology is so new, it has taken many years for many modern manufacturers to catch up. However, in recent years, American manufacturers have taken note. The automotive industry accounts for half of robotic purchases in North America. This is a huge step forward. Robotic metal refinishing hasn’t made it to most commercial metal refinishing providers just yet.

That’s why Bend Plating invested in automated technology for metal refinishing. We are all about efficiency and passing those savings along to our customers. Whether you are in the automotive, marine, aviation, or gaming industries (among others), we would love to help you get your high-volume metal polishing projects done on time and on budget. Give us a call for more information.

Bend Plating

Bend Plating provides metal coating, plating, finishing, and polishing services for the automotive, marine, medical, dental, outdoor, sporting, aviation, music industries and more. Contact us for an estimate on your commercial project.

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