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Robot cell that automatically deburrs generator shafts up to 20 m long

The contours add up to about one kilometer in length and some of them must be machined. Many grooves, threads, slots and drill holes on large generator shafts, such as those used in hydroelectric or coal-fired power plants, must be deburred. The process is incredibly time-consuming. We have therefore designed a robot cell to automate the process of deburring such large rotors. The result: Time-savings of more than 50-80% compared to traditional deburring methods! The key to this system is a powerful software and database concept that makes it possible to create the processing program for the robot primarily by offline programming and 3D simulation. Using a convenient WinCC user interface, processing can be configured and modified directly on the machine system.

At a glance

Automated, robot-supported deburring of generator shafts up to 20 meters in length with over a kilometer of contours: Grooves, slots, drill holes, etc.

50-80% time-savings compared to manual processing

Outstanding deburring results due to various, pneumatically driven and flexibly positioned tools (including rasps, brushes, milling cutters, drills and scrapers)

Innovative software and database concept for consistent virtual teach-in

System set-up for processing different shaft models with minimum retooling and downtimes

Creation and simulation of the processing program on a 3D model, storage of all parameters and settings in a database

Database connection to the process controller and process visualization program

Flexible modification and configuration of the deburring process on the machine system thanks to a convenient WinCC user interface rather than a robot panel


For almost 25 years, we have planned, developed and constructed robot-supported production systems as well as processing, assembly and handling solutions for our customers. Our more than 1,000 projects successfully implemented – from the robot cell to the completely interconnected production system – are a testament to our process expertise and experience across all industries.

We focus on custom-made solutions that include process analysis and design, software development and machine construction. We deliver them turnkey ready so they easily integrate into your production environment. We also offer standardized modular systems that can be easily and flexibly modified and are scalable to meet your production requirements.

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