To develop and build robotic arms and grippers smart and efficiently, KUKA reaches out for innovative technologies like 3D printing. In the design process of new robots and new custom applications they early and often use 3D printing to fasten the development cycles.
The attractively priced SCHUNK pull-down jaw SNB promises high accuracy on the workpiece, minimal cleaning effort and a longer service life. Unlike previous chuck jaw systems on the market with active pull-down function, the SCHUNK SNB is built in one piece. This ensures a particularly precise workpiece support, a repeatable zero point independent of the clamping force present, increased stability when machining as well as minimal wear.
The high-precision WIG (Wolfram Inert Gas) welding of thin sheet metal or exact circumferential seams is a complicated process, which to-date could not be performed to satisfaction either using conventional machines or by hand. To solve this puzzle, the Augsburg, Germany-based machine builder Castro GmbH has developed an innovative welding cell based on parallel kinematics. With the support of system integrator Böckstiegel Automation in Penzberg, the new machine has quickly entered series production with the help of PC-based control technology and TwinCAT 3 CNC.
An HRC-capable KUKA LBR iiwa is integrated into a training environment at the Institute of Production Systems (IPS) at the Technical University of Dortmund. The system incorporates IPS research results pertaining to Industrie 4.0. This means students can learn all about the production of the future. They work hand in hand with the collaborative robot and learn how to program it.
The CoroThread® 266 thread-turning tool from Sandvik Coromant is available from 1st March 2018 with precision over- and under-coolant to improve process security and maximise efficiency. The addition of over-coolant improves chip formation for more secure machining, while under-coolant controls temperature for long and predictable tool life. Precision coolant also has positive effects on surface finish, further supporting the generation of high-quality threads.
From practice for practice – according to this motto, SCHUNK, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology, developed a compact tool cart for up to 156 tool mountings that provides the best protection against cuts in everyday operation as additional storage for the machine due to its trademarked push-fit system.