Robotics

Innovative robot teaching without programming efforts. It is no longer possible to imagine the industrial environment without robots. They are the backbone of the smart factory. Increasingly, however, the digital helpers can also be found in other environments. The Dresden-based company Wandelbots has now developed a solution that makes the use of robots interesting for small and medium-sized companies in many industries. An industrial PC from Kontron plays a central role in this setup.

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At the Motek, Dy­net­ics (booth 1220, hall 1) pre­sents lin­ear and ro­tary servo mo­tors with dri­vers from Synap­ti­con, servo mo­tors from NPM and a com­pact elec­tric grip­per based on the world's small­est bidi­rec­tional ball screw from KSS.

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The latest generation of electrified drives is produced at the Dingolfing site in Germany, the BMW Group competence center for e-drive production. Here, KUKA implemented a fully automated test system for testing up to eight different drive variants. For more than 35 years, KUKA has been successfully integrating assembly and test systems for the automotive industry internationally and optimizing their production through efficient automation solutions.

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Dynetics presents the SOMANET servo drives from Synapticon: Integrated motion for robotics, machine building and autonomous industrial systems. Synapticon, based in Schönaich near Stuttgart, Shanghai and Redwood City (Silicon Valley), is reshaping the world of motion control for robotics and machines at the point of motion. The company is introducing an entirely new approach to motion axes by integrating formerly discrete components such as motors, drives, sensors and gears into seamless units,...

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New drivetrain enables more productive robots, machines and factory floor space. Genesis Robotics & Motion Technologies presents the new LiveDrive® LDD 1800 Series Direct Drive Actuators, with an extensive range of configurations and performance options. LiveDrive® direct-drive actuators eliminate the need for gearing and are redefining the next generation of parallel robots and precision machinery, unlocking capabilities beyond the reach of conventional drivetrains, across many applications.

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An intelligent multi-axis system – quicker, more convenient and more cost‑effective than ever before: Bosch Rexroth now makes this possible with the new Smart Function Kit for Handling. After the Smart Function Kit for Pressing and Joining, the linear motion technology experts are expanding the Smart MechatroniX solution platform with a second predefined subsystem which can be operated intuitively.

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In the body shop of the international automobile premium manufacturer, an automated guided vehicle (AGV) system makes fully automated production safer and more efficient. As general contractor, KUKA was responsible for the AGV system integration in the entire body shop: from the development of the safety concept, through planning, engineering, simulation and project management. A milestone was set in the AGV supported production of vehicle bodies.

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KUKA is implementing a fully automated test system for testing the oil and water cavity and the fuel rail in the engine block. The BMW Group plant in Hams Hall, just outside Birmingham, UK, produces three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines. The production also includes the machining of key engine components. Here, KUKA has implemented a fully automated test system for testing two different engine generations.

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In 2014, the collaboration between CONEC and the team of Kamaro‑Engineering began. Kamaro-Engineering e.V. specializes in the development of field robots which enable new, environmentally friendly methods in agriculture.

 

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NASA’s fifth rover is on the way to Mars. Its main mission is to collect soil samples that will be analysed on Earth later. The rover will also carry a helicopter that will perform the first flights on the Red Planet. maxon's precision DC and BLDC motors will be used for numerous mission-critical tasks.

 

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LT Automation and Intelligent Systems have developed a robotic system with transport boxes for automatically checking and sorting blood samples at Aalborg University Hospital.

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Ice cubes. A shot of rum. Stir in the cola. Preferably add a slice of lime. And voilà: the Cuba Libre is ready. But on the rooftop terrace of the TownHouse Duomo Hotel in Milan, the drink is not mixed by a bartender, but rather by a robot. With “Toni”, a KUKA robot from the KR AGILUS series, visitors can order their drink via app – and then enjoy it freshly prepared a few minutes later. “Toni” merely has a few problems with the small talk.

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KINEXON implements intelligent navigation for driverless vehicles with the Kontron KBox. Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things are changing production and logistics processes in the long term. In the future, objects will be networked and interact automatically in all areas. In order to guarantee smooth processes, detailed position and status data must be generated and analyzed. KINEXON, located in Munich, Germany, has developed KINEXON Brain, an intelligent solution based on an IoT...

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Two KUKA omniMoves automate the transportation of goods at Austria Metall AG (AMAG). The autonomous transport platforms are responsible for the independent transportation of heavy aluminum plates and contribute greatly to making the intralogistics more flexible. The omnidirectional platforms move autonomously and perform the final production step independently.

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Two KUKA KR 500 FORTEC robots manufacture innovative lightweight timber construction components for a pavilion for the Bundesgartenschau. The ICD of the University of Stuttgart has developed the robotic manufacturing solution in collaboration with system integrator BEC. Robotic solutions such as these have the potential to be a game-changer for the timber construction industry, which has only made limited use of automated production processes until now.

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Origami – the art of paper fold­ing orig­i­nated in Japan and is known world­wide. The art of robot-based cor­ru­gated board fold­ing can be ad­mired at Tri­cor Pack­ag­ing & Lo­gis­tics AG, which has its head­quar­ters in the south­ern Ger­man city of Bad Wörishofen. The com­pany spe­cial­izes in the con­struc­tion of heavy-duty cor­ru­gated board and pack­ag­ing. And the highly pro­duc­tive and pre­cise op­er­a­tion of the as­sem­bly ma­chines can be cred­ited to KUKA Cus­tomer Ser­vice.

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Since 1979 it has been blaz­ing a trail through woods and fields, mud, gravel and snow: the Mer­cedes G-Class. To make this fea­si­ble, the man­u­fac­turer uses par­tic­u­larly sta­ble lad­der frames. These frames are built at MAGNA Presstec in the Aus­trian town of Le­bring near Graz. Since 2017, pro­duc­tion of the facelift model has been run­ning fully au­to­mat­i­cally on a line from KUKA. Spe­cial­ists from the two com­pa­nies col­lab­o­rated closely to re­solve var­i­ous chal­lenges,...

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Top speeds in scanning and parts detection are offering a whole new level of performance in fully automated bin picking. The latest version of already proven IntelliPICK3D, now fitted an innovative four-camera sensor solution enable robust component detection and optimized cycle times: ISRA VISION's wide range of sensor sizes enables the detection of even the tiniest components in the millimeter range. Moreover, easy integration in just a few hours allows maximum flexibility of utilization....

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Less than three years after the Meca500, the probably smallest and most precise industrial robot arm, was introduced to the market, more than a hundred manufacturers in the electronics, medical device, and automotive industries use the robot to automate various testing and production operations.

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Numerous companies are sceptical, hesitating to take the step to digitalization. As an industry pioneer in the area of I4.0 grippers and real-time simulation, Zimmer Group is ready to convert the few remaining doubters and naysayers. The company now offers their customers integrated solutions (“digitalZ”) that are tailored to the software platforms of the customers.

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It started as a project by two engineers who were close to retirement. Today, the modular inspection robots by Canadian company Inuktun are successfully in use all over the world – defying even the most adverse conditions.

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The Zimmer Group has added a new pneumatic model range to its technology-leading 5000 series of premium grippers – in addition to the existing models with steel linear guides, versions with aluminum linear guides are now also available.

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The concept of the seventh axis provides robot applications with an increased motion range. With the Seventh Axis system from the Actuator System Line Rollon offers a practical solution for this task.

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It started with a blank. But how does the workpiece get onto the line or into the machine? Depending on the state it is delivered in, this task can quickly become very complex. Reliable 3D object detection systems optically capture and evaluate data. Liebherr works with a variety of 3D vision systems to match the requirements and smoothly handles the supply of every haphazardly stored part with process precision.

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