August 21, 2020

While hand deburring is certainly successful with highly-trained individuals, the output is often far below what manufacturers need to meet their demand. Too often, hand deburring results in more part scraps and lack of inconsistency, which translates to lower quality products.

Robotic deburring can be highly cost-effective and consistent, yet finding the right robotic deburring tool can be challenging. Robots must be properly programmed to execute successful deburring, and there are certain factors to take into account when choosing the right tool.

Here are three tips to help you make the right decision when searching for robotic deburring tools for your automation needs!

Consider Part Geometry

The size, shape, weight, and complexity of your parts that need to be deburred is an essential consideration when looking for the right deburring device. Not every robotic deburring tool can successfully deburr parts of every shape.

The tool you choose will vary based on the location and size of the burrs and how well your tooling complies with the device—in other words, how well it consistently makes contact with and applies force to the part for successful deburring.

If your parts are complex and have tight spaces, you may need a radially compliant device. However, if your burrs are consistently on the edge of the product, axially compliant could be a better choice. It all depends on what your parts look like and how successful your tooling will be to remove burrs without compromising part quality.

Look for Variable Speed Options

Choosing variable speed deburring tools over fixed RPMs gives you greater flexibility. Variable speeds gives your tooling the ability to automatically adjust to part differences, which saves you time and effort on programming. Many different materials can be deburred with just one variable speed robotic deburring device.

Variable speed devices aren’t limited to burrs of a specific size and shape as fixed RPM models are. When deburring, the burr needs to be completely removed, but you don’t want to take off any more material than necessary, which can affect your part’s quality and function. This alone is difficult for many deburring robotic devices to accomplish.

Fortunately, variable speed gives you the flexibility you need for your parts to increase consistency while reducing programming efforts.

Consider Radially Compliant Deburring Tools

Axially compliant tools can be effective for specific applications such as edge deburring. However, for the majority of applications, parts and burrs aren’t consistent, which makes having a robotic deburring tool that can accommodate part and burr changes essential.

Radially compliant deburring tools easily accommodate changes without the need to manually reorient the robot, saving you time and effort. With radially compliant devices, manual deburring is mimicked, giving you consistent force and the ability to get into tighter areas.

With radially compliant deburring tools, you can also remove parting lines and flash, whereas axially compliant tools wouldn’t. Considering radial instead of axial for your deburring processes gives you a greater range of flexibility without sacrificing results.

Invest in the Right Deburring Tool

RAD’s Variable-Speed, Radially-Compliant OmniForce™ Deburring Tool easily adapts to part irregularities and reduces scrap, giving your machines maximum uptime with minimal programming. For consistent results with variable speeds, our deburring tools can successfully be used with your robot arms, gantry systems, cartesian robots, and can even be pedestal mounted to meet your automation needs. Find out more about our automatic deburring tools by contacting us at (937) 667-5705!

February 21, 2020

In the past, deburring processes—in which excess material on parts is removed—needed to be done through manual labor. Deburring tools weren’t designed to perform well in automated processes, and those that did make it onto the automation line failed to compensate for part differences. These early deburring devices lead to inconsistent part quality, increased programming time, higher safety risk, and more material waste for companies.

Today, pneumatic compliant deburring tools for robots have changed all this. These tools make the automated deburring process safer, more dependable, and cost-effective with consistent force and minimal programming. The money these tools save clients, combined with the flexibility they provide, makes them an ideal addition for automated processes that require deburring. How do RAD’s tools accomplish this?

Compensates for Part Irregularities

Pneumatic compliant deburring tools from RAD allow clients to maximize their machine performance. By compensating for part irregularities during the deburring process without damaging the part, these tools increase uptime and reduce cost from wasted material, machine downtime, and programming adjustments.

Our deburring tools accommodate variations in objects through 360-degree uniform radial compliance, meaning clients won’t have to make changes in the robot’s orientation via programming. The deburring pressure applied against the object is easily adjustable through either manual or programmable pneumatic regulation.

Variable Speed for More Applications

Deburring ToolRAD’s deburring tools deliver greater flexibility through variable speeds, allowing our clients to use the device on different materials. These devices save clients money by preventing them from having to purchase numerous tools to accomplish similar tasks, even among various parts. Fixed RPM motors can’t provide this level of flexibility for different applications.

Pneumatic compliant deburring tools can also be mounted in five different angles so you can fully take advantage of this device for a variety of materials, and it can even be pedestal-mounted for even greater flexibility. Each of the speeds allows for a quiet run time with minimal vibration and the option of using less than 90 psi air pressure.

Save Time With Programming

As a result of our deburring tool’s ability to accommodate variances in parts, clients won’t need to program as many path points for the device, saving valuable time. The device easily adapts to variations between the robot and the tool, so programmers have less work to do, allowing our clients to invest their resources back into their company.

Easily adjustable when necessary, programmers can save time spent on multiple applications where traditional deburring tools would need to be continuously adjusted based on part differences. Our deburring devices don’t exactly follow the part, allowing it to adapt to these deviations with consistent force and results.

Need Deburring Tools? We’ve Got You Covered

As deburring technology takes its place in automation, RAD’s pneumatic compliant deburring device provides greater flexibility and other benefits that manual tools can’t offer. Our device delivers on the precision companies need to maximize machine performance and save money. Check out our variable-speed, radially complaint OmniForce™ tool for your deburring processes today!

December 30, 2019

In the past, removing burrs—sharp edges or imperfections on parts—was done manually. Although manual deburring works, it’s a time-consuming process, and it’s impossible to recreate the consistency a robotic deburring tool does with a manual deburring process.

Robotic deburring tools provide numerous benefits over manual deburring, and these benefits support the investment and productivity for manufacturers. These automatic deburring processes offer high ROI for companies that need a capable machine to deliver on the proficiency and consistency that only robotics can offer.

What are some of the productivity benefits of these automatic deburring tools, and what applications are they used for?

Robotic Deburring Tool Benefits

Performed by a robotic arm, robotic deburring offers the following benefits for manufacturers over manual deburring:

  • Safety. Automating your deburring process with robotic tools allows you to minimize incidents that can happen during manual processes. Robotic arms increase safety, which can protect your equipment, reduce your liability, and enhance your production.


  • Consistency. Robotic deburring tools provide more consistent work than manual labor. Robots are able to perform the same task but with higher precision and without tiring, which results in better consistency, product quality, and value for your company.


  • Speed. Not only are manual deburring processes slower, but they’re also more prone to error. Robots never tire and only need routine maintenance to maintain their uptime, which results in higher output for you with reduced liability and increased profits.


  • Efficiency. The efficiency robotic tools provide is unmatched by manual labor. These robotic deburring tools can quickly and efficiently remove sharp edges and imperfections to enhance the safety and quality of your products.


Robotic tools are simple to program and are more affordable today than ever before. They’re easy enough to be implemented into your production line, creating a seamless process for your deburring needs regardless of your application.

Useful Applications for Robotic Deburring Tools

Deburring ToolThere are a variety of applications that can work with robotic deburring tools. They can be used on automated equipment, robot arms, linear actuators, cartesian robots, and CNC holders. Robotic deburring tools can also be pedestal mounted for your convenience.

Robotic deburring tools are also highly flexible, allowing you to vary the motor speed used on different components while maintaining the same consistency. These tools can adjust to variations in the parts they’re deburring without you having to alter the position of the robot, therefore simplifying your programming and eliminating the need for multiple devices.

These deburring tools can also get into narrow areas, are quiet, and are easy to install. Their adjustable force allows you to vary the speed based on the parts being deburred. Regardless of your application type, it could be time to consider switching from manual deburring to automatic with robotics!

Is It Time to Switch from Manual to Robotic?

If you’re still using manual deburring processes for your manufacturing, it could be time to consider switching to robotics. The high productivity, consistency, and safety of robotic deburring tools make them an ideal choice for a variety of different processes.

At RAD, we offer our variable-speed, radially compliant OmniForce™ deburring tool, which is able to accommodate differences in parts while using the same high-speed precision and performance. Our advanced robotic tools allow you to automate your processes for better value, safety, and efficiency!


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