Advance Design Industries (ADI) in Sheffield Village, Ohio has designed and built innovative custom machine systems for industrial and defense applications for more than 50 years. Their latest problem-solving design, a de-burring system that removes burrs from hobbed gears, was constructed using a series of drive platforms, a robotic with grinding tool attachment and brushing stations. To accurately and repeatedly position the various stations, in a multitude of pre-programmed locations, ADI required a linear motion system that could endure the contaminated environment and heavy loads of the application.
For the de-burring system to succeed, ADI required a linear motion technology that could perform under 50,000 lbs of load in a dirty, industrial machine-tool work area. De-burring is the process of removing burrs, or excess protruding material, from large gears (70 - 120" in diameter). Eventually, these gears will be utilized as the driving mechanism for applications such as crane turn tables and energy efficient wind turbines.