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The Importance of Human Brainpower in Hipshot's Robotic Polishing Application

POSTED 06/06/2024

Hipshot & The Bass Xtender

Hipshot, a manufacturer of top-notch quality hardware for guitar and basses, faced ongoing labor and production challenges in their deburring and polishing operation – a task considered to be one of the dull, dirty, dangerous applications of robotics. Seeking increased consistency, quality, and production, Hipshot aimed to integrate a robotic solution to polish their Bass Xtender key. The Bass Xtender product line is a patented extender key that allows bassists to instantly drop the tuning of the low string and bring it back up again with the flip of a lever. The objective of integrating a robot was not to cut staff, but to automate the least desirable processes, enabling team members to focus on higher complexity or value-added tasks.

Adaptec Partnership & Solution

Site Visit & Process Analysis

A comprehensive site visit was conducted to understand the existing deburring and polishing process.

Collaborative Approach

Adaptec proposed a solution that provided robotic programming expertise with Hipshot actively participating in teaching the robotic system how to polish the part. This collaborative effort aimed to mitigate the risk of unfamiliarity with the process and allowed Hipshot to optimize robot motions.

Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Integration

Adaptec enhanced the solution by incorporating a VFD to the polishing wheel, enabling the adjustment of speed during the polishing process. This provides a level of control not previously possible. The VFD integration transformed a highly manual process into a repeatable and adjustable one, ensuring consistency in output and adaptability to different requirements.

Customizations for Unique Requirements

Special Trays Design: Adaptec collaborated with the customer to design special trays for holding parts, facilitating the loading and unloading of the robot without manual intervention. This customization was essential to meet the unique requirements of Hipshot’s automation needs.