The Future Of Plate Edge Rounding - Blog 4/8 - Automated milling vs. manual grinding

Edwin van Mensvoort
– Updated
Jul 28, 2020

We are now at the halfway mark of the articles, where we talked about the reasons for plate edge rounding. We now know that the safety of the workers is a big issue when manually grinding steel plate edges and that an automated milling system directly eliminates all the safety concerns. Automation is the only way for a shipyard towards optimal safety and a consistent quality in a highly competitive market.

Let’s focus on another big issue on the shop floor: maintenance! Imagine you are on a shop floor where dozens of workers are manually grinding steel plate edges with power tools. Imagine the environment in which these workers are working. The complete shop floor and the surrounding machines are covered in grinding dust. Not only has this an impact on the workers themselves but also on the lifetime of the nearby equipment. All these factors add up to extra cleaning and maintenance costs that are often overlooked or seen as normal. However, they can be prevented!


 edge radius

differences between milling and grinding


Are you also facing quality issues in your edge rounding process like in the example above? In our next blog you can find out yourself how good the quality with an automated milling system actually is.

What if your competitor had an automated edge rounding system? Wouldn’t your customer prefer to buy their higher quality product? High quality will always improve your image. An investment in automation will quickly make an impact in reducing operating costs.

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