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“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. Friction welding 4.0: anything but outmoded “Friction welding sometimes comes across as outmoded,” says Walter Weh, Division Head Advanced Welding Solutions at KUKA Industries. “However, the technology is anything but.” For five decades, KUKA experts have been developing and improving the process. From the first doubled-head machine for universal shafts for Daimler in the 1970s to the modular KUKA Genius friction welding machine. “We are guided by market requirements, move with the times and are able to find the perfect solution for every customer thanks to our many years of experience and expertise in friction welding,” says Weh. Automation specialist KUKA Industries has been quick to take Industrie 4.0 into consideration in friction welding machines in order to offer its customers solutions for long-term increases in productivity. Complete integration of the friction welding machine into the production network makes it possible to achieve greater productivity. Thanks to these digitally networked processes, it is becoming possible to manufacture products with a greater degree of flexibility, energy efficiency and customization and a reduced impact on resources. All process data from... Read More
At EuroBlech, the international technology fair for the sheet metal forming industry, KUKA Industries is presenting an extensive portfolio in hall 13 booth C194: From the friction stir welding cell with single axis positioner and the KUKA flexibleCUBE with double turn/tilt positioners for components such as optics for laser welding up to the simulation and program software KUKA.Sim that demonstrates machine construction knowhow in the area of Industry 4.0. Welding quality meets Industry 4.0 Many years of welding expertise, KUKA Industries demonstrates an application for you that combines classical welding with the most modern Industry 4.0 technology. The new KR Cybertech from KUKA Robots shows welding of thick industrial sheet metal with the highest quality and digital connectivity to a process database. With the help of augmented reality, your actual equipment will be connected to the process database for seamless quality monitoring of your production. An operator receives direct and immediate feedback at the place of production for the quality of the welding seam, as a live image on a mobile device that directly shows the transparent process and quality of the seam on the workpiece. This enables quick and simple optimization of your production. KUKA Sim: Testing virtual processes For increasingly shorter production cycles and differentiated products, we offer a crucial competitive advantage in the era of Industry 4.0. The simulation and programming software KUKA.Sim provides more transparency in production. The customer is already able to test the deployment of equipment or application processes and optimization where applicable. “Through offline programming, various areas such as development and construction work hand in hand and already test the new work projects of the... Read More
They have passed all of the tests and are now officially allowed to get to work at the VW plant in Wolfsburg, Germany: Since the beginning of 2016, a mobile micro-system called the KUKA flexFELLOW has been providing assistance to human colleagues during the series production of the Golf in Wolfsburg, Germany – without any protective fences whatsoever. The automobile manufacturer Volkswagen is implementing human-robot collaboration (HRC) at its vehicle manufacturing plant. Screwing the pendulum support into place as part of the drive train pre-assembly process is an ergonomically inconvenient and arduous routine operation. The component, which prevents weaving when there are changes in the engine load, is situated below the drive train and therefore in a difficult position for human workers to access. This is a typical application for robots, which are designed to collaborate with human workers and relieve them of such physically demanding tasks. In the summer of 2015, VW started to test the prototype for this type of automation solution – the “bolt” module from the KUKA flexFELLOW family, which is based on the LBR iiwa lightweight robot. This is a complete system for automating manual screwing-fastening processes. The key benefit of the tiny mobile system is that, If necessary, it can be moved to different locations. These systems can be put into operation in five to ten minutes without the inconvenience of having to rebuild or dismantle the production line. The KUKA flexFELLOW-bolt was tested for three months at Volkswagen’s Competence Center for Technology and Innovation (KTI) at the VW plant in Wolfsburg, Germany and refined for series production under conditions similar to those... Read More
Time is flying. The Hannover fair is in full swing. This year many solutions for the industry 4.0 are in focus. Topics like Human Robot Collaboration (HRC), Mobility and Networking play a major role. Especially our Coffe 4.0 application amazes our visitors and spoils with tasty coffee in the sign of industry 4.0. Coffee 4.0: The KR Agilus as a Barista Whether  you add milk and sugar or prefer it unsweetened and strong, everyone likes their coffee in a particular way. That is why we are preparing coffee in a new way: by having two robots serve the drink as mechanical baristas – from order taking through to preparation and serving. Customized products in industrial manufacturing With the Coffee 4.0 application, KUKA is demonstrating what is already possible today. All core functionalities of networked digital production in a smart factory are implemented in a fully operational manner. The required production and system data are thus stored in the Cloud. By scanning the barcode the mechanical barista receives the customer order. The customer used this barcode already before to establish his coffee preferences. The benefits are obvious. For example, system data can be called up from anywhere on a mobile device, maintenance requiremments can be predicted and the Service team can immediately be informed of any irregularities via the Internet. The showcase can be transferred at almost any industrial production process. Instead of grinding and brewing, it could be welding, adhesive bonding, pouring, laser cutting and much more. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote... Read More
Our apprentices are top Today, Madeline Ehrenreich has her last day in the Department. She supported the marketing for four months actively. At the end, she baked a “snow white cake”… department code inclusive, reallly marketinglike, that goes without saying! Madeline, for your future we wish you all the best and good luck with your apprenticeship. You will find the right recipes for the snow white cake for example here                       VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes... Read More
Did you actually know in which branch and for which purpuse you can use robots? Certainly in the automotive industry. Also in the food, plastics or foundry industries. One new application you will find in the UK. Our subsidiary KUKA Systems Ltd. develops applications for the disposal of nuclear waste. Together with a resident research facility, testing be carried out in a simulated environment. The robot pick up and handle the radioactive waste. The development with the use of robotics in these critical areas is still going ahead because the use of robot units is a real and viable option. Have a look at: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33849026 VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes... Read More
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