Source: Metaalnieuws / 11-04-2023

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New Q-Fin Department to Automate Deburring Process

Even the machines that deburr, round off, and finish cut sheet metal parts will become a part of the automated production lines in sheet metal processing. To adapt to this trend, Q-Fin is establishing a new department, Q-Fin Handling Solutions. Q-Fin Handling Solutions will develop and manufacture solutions to automate the handling around the deburring machines. “We aim to relieve users of Q-Fin machines,” says Q-Fin owner Anton Bax. “We will take care of picking up the parts, processing them in the machine, and then depositing them. The goal is to automatically load and unload more than 80 percent of the entire spectrum of sheet metal parts.

Software integration

This requires facilities like robots, reversing stations, return conveyors, and lifting aids. But what is equally important is that the deburring process and the associated handling must be software-integrated into the customer’s production process. A prerequisite for this is that the deburring machines can be fully configured through software, which is already the case with Q-Fin machines. An API has also been developed to integrate with all common ERP systems. Bax explains, “Such integration isn’t very interesting if you only have a robot loading the machine. It doesn’t provide much data. But it becomes interesting when 3D vision cameras control the entire deburring process, monitor it, and can provide feedback on the processing time in the deburring machine.”

Latest laser vision camera

This is precisely one of the things that Q-Fin Handling Solutions is addressing. Two cells have already been developed in collaboration with several partners, and they are both operational. These cells use the latest 3D vision cameras to recognize the products placed on a pallet and provide the necessary information to control the entire process. In the field of vision, Q-Fin has partnered with Affix Engineering in Best. This means that the latest laser vision camera from the German company Mech-Mind is applied in the automation of the deburring process. Affix will exclusively support Q-Fin as a dealer in deburring applications.

Inno-Metal and VDL Technics

Furthermore, the deburring specialist has secured the collaboration of two launching customers willing to develop the new solutions: VDL Technics in Boxtel and INNO-metaal in Eindhoven. Bax says, “One of our strengths as a small OEM is that we take full control of the development of these solutions. We work with various parties, allowing us to quickly integrate our solutions with customers’ production systems.”

New construction begins

Q-Fin is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. It’s a milestone to celebrate, but Bax also sees it as the start of a new era in which his company fully embraces the digitization and automation of the manufacturing industry. Construction of a new company building for Q-Fin Handling Solutions started in March. It will increase capacity and provide space for further development and innovation. The new location will serve as a meeting place for customers, partners, and employees. The building is designed to inspire, innovate, and connect. It will be a place where the latest technologies and products are developed and showcased.

Dutch Metal Days

Q-Fin will be an exhibitor at the Dutch Metal Days in Den Bosch on April 19, 20, and 21. This event comes too early to demonstrate a live handling cell. However, an animation will be shown to discuss with visitors all the possibilities for fully integrating the deburring process into the production process.

Booth D102