Long a hidden champion among German SMEs – now an internationally respected trend-setter in smart production: As the winner of the Hermes Award, with live applications for human/robot collaboration, and with intelligent tools for the smart factory, SCHUNK, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology was a crowd-puller at Hannover Messe 2017.
For many jobs carried out in production, people wish they had a third hand. When doing soldering work, for example, the soldering iron must be held in one hand and the solder wire in the other, leaving no hand free for the workpiece. The BionicCobot developed by Festo can help precisely with such assistance activities and relieve the employee by acting as a “third arm” or “third hand”. It can grip, hold and rotate the workpiece – whatever is required for the relevant application.
The metal-forming and chassis specialists at Gestamp manufacture ladder frames for the VW plant in Hanover. The Gestamp plant in Bielefeld is now using a fully automatic arc welding system from KUKA Systems to ensure the highest quality, proven process reliability and high output with minimal manpower requirements.