Robotic Automation ’s Motoman Robots are widely used at the Caroma's manufacturing plant to spray the finish glaze onto their various bathroom products.
The Motoman Robots used have six axes and have been adapted for spraying a mixture of silica and alumina that forms the basis of the glaze. The product once sprayed with glaze is then fired at a temperature of 1190 deg.c, which fires the clay base and the glaze at the same time.
Given the abrasive nature of the mixture used, the robot arm and gearboxes are protected from the ingress of damaging liquids.
Greg Nicholas, Manufacturing Manager at Caroma commented: when you see the Robot you could be forgiven for thinking that it is some medieval knight in shining armor when you see it's beautiful silver coat but in reality its a loyal workhorse able to place a consistent 0.9mm fine coat over the entire clay surface and indeed reach areas that no human could reach."
The unit is one of a number of robots supplied to Caroma over the past few years and according to Mr. Nichols perform very well and are supported with parts and service by Robotic Automation.