For production systems in the age of Industrie 4.0, it is important to have information available in real time. This is now a reality in the manufacture of carbon fiber-reinforced (CFR) components at the company’s plant in Garching, Germany. To achieve this, Voith relied on the expertise of KUKA: the Augsburg-based automation specialists helped with the horizontal networking of the system via OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) as well as dedicated machine maintenance.
The technology company KUKA will be exhibiting the latest applications for the laser industry at the Laser World of Photonics in Munich (hall A2 booth 324) from 26 to 29 June: from a laser show application and components such as optics for laser welding through to higher-level system monitoring, the engineering company will display its expertise – also covering the field of Industrie 4.0.
This 3D printing process is also referred to as additive manufacturing. The process makes use of a digital template to create a solid, three-dimensional object. 3D printing processes are now being used in a wide range of industries. KUKA Industries has taken on the role of leading technology company in a consortium of project partners aiming to develop 3D printing capabilities for the automotive and aerospace industries. The development partner, which specializes in joining technology, has been officially involved in the generative manufacture of high-performance lightweight components since February.
“Friction welding – a process with a future” – KUKA already advertised with this slogan back in 1966 and has long since been proven right. Fast, safe and economical: characteristics that distinguish this process and have made it indispensable down to the present day. In particular, the combination of different materials is a major argument for this technology. KUKA was very quick to recognize the advantages of friction welding and has continued to develop the process over the years. Today, the Augsburg-based company can look back on a 50-year success story.
What is needed in the age of Industrie 4.0 is versatile solutions that can compensate for peak capacity utilization or bottlenecks in resources. Matrix production may become a decisive competitive factor through configurable production cells, the transfer of parts and tools using automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and the separation of logistics from production.