Mirka celebrates 20 years of dust-free sanding

May 20th, 2020 12:19 pm | by Admin

For two decades, Mirka has been at the forefront of dust-free sanding, thanks to an invention that revolutionised workplaces all around the world. By developing an abrasive that features a net structure instead of a conventional paper backing, Mirka was able to introduce extremely efficient on-tool dust removal that improves both the work quality and working environment. Mirka simply called the new abrasive Abranet.

Manufactured with Mirka’s patented technology, the net structure of the Abranet abrasive ensures a sanding particle is never more than 0.5 millimetres from a dust extraction hole. This means that sanding grains are able to retain their cutting power and the resulting dust is safely removed. Abranet is highly resistant to dust pills and clogging and is easily cleared to ensure optimal use out of every abrasive. With every coarseness grade providing excellent results, the original Abranet and its many versions are best combined with Mirka’s efficient and ergonomic power tools and dust extractors. New versions of the Abranet continue to be developed and patented.

“The Mirka Abranet net abrasive is a product of true Finnish ingenuity and ability to think outside the box. What started out as a laboratory experiment quickly proved its worth and it’s a perfect example of the Mirka way of doing things,” says Hans Hede, development engineer and one of the “fathers” of Abranet.

Today, 20 years later, dust-free sanding is widely accepted as an industry standard, with many competitors having seen the advantages of the Abranet approach. Original Mirka Abranet abrasives and their patented technology come from the Mirka factory in Jeppo, Finland, where it all started.

Mirka is looking forward to many more decades of dust-free and safe working environments, made better every day by the products and solutions it continues to develop and manufacture.

Mirka (UK) Ltd
Tel: 01908 866100
Email: enquiries@mirka.com
www.mirka.com

New robotic sanding solution

April 24th, 2020 11:28 am | by Admin

Mirka launches first global Automated Industrial Programme to enable advanced robotic surface finish solution for industrial customers

The world’s first patent pending Automated Industrial Programme is being launched globally by Mirka in April 2020, spearheaded by the Mirka AIROS, an innovative, electric Automated Industrial Random Orbital Sander, which integrates with OEMs’ robotic systems to carry out intensive, high work load sanding, where precision and minimal maintenance is critical.

The launch of Mirka’s Automated Industrial Programme marks years of development in partnership with major vehicle manufacturers in the automotive and transport industries. They requested the abrasive specialist’s assistance in evolving its technology to provide a more advanced electric sanding head that is optimised for robots being used in a variety of applications such as the manufacture of vehicles and tier 1 components and is currently being piloted by a range of industry sectors.

The Mirka Automated Industrial Programme comprises the hardware and consumables required to provide a robotic solution for customers, including the AIROS dedicated sanding head and a wide range of abrasives, enhanced by 75 years of Mirka’s technical knowledge, research and development and experience in the abrasives industry.

Mats Bystedt, portfolio manager at Mirka, says: “We are seeing the increasing usage of robots for improving cost-effective production. Our advanced Automated Industrial Programme can be integrated into the two different categories of robot, from the simple to programme and growing cobot collaborative robot to the more industrial robot models, and installed very easily, without requiring special tooling, to provide total control over the RPM and steering, not possible with the pneumatic tools usually used leading to ‘over sanding’ in sensitive areas. Our solution ensures measurement and precision are paramount, providing consistent quality and process optimisation.

“AIROS is the only specially designed, most compact, lightweight sanding head available on the market that can cater for virtually all robotic systems. The pilot customers we have developed this programme with have also said that it requires far less maintenance and replacement parts than previous products they were using. They are also impressed with the way the Mirka team integrates into the whole process in the factory, from the very early stages of the project setting up the parameters, to problem solving and final fine tuning of the sanding process.”

Mirka (UK) Ltd
Tel: 01908 866100
Email: enquiries@mirka.com
www.mirka.com