TechTuesday: First Steps

TechTuesday: First Steps


Posted By on 2014-09-30

Last you got a rough overview on our topics at the EuroBLECH 2014 – our wide range of solutions and services for different needs in automation. Today we present the smallest solution in our portfolio: the KUKA flexibleCUBE. This innovative concept offers an efficient solution for first steps into automation or as an expansion to existing automation systems. The flexible plug & play-solution can be easily and seamlessly integrated into the manufacturing process. High availability and simple operation, combined with exceptional upgrade and expansion options, make the KUKA flexibleCUBE welding cell the ideal manufacturing partner and a safe long-term investment. Combined with service-proven welding equipment available on the market from various leading manufacturers and equipped with a wide range of positioning units the compact cell be perfectly adapted to the specific production volume and welding requirements. If you need a stationary table, a rotary positioner or a dual turnover axis, we deliver the compact welding cell pre-assembled and ready-to-use. At the EuroBLECH, you can see a demonstration of the controls by our experts and see the latest welding application film releases. We are looking forward to your visit! VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes... Read More
TechTuesday: Steuerung

TechTuesday: Steuerung


Posted By on 2014-09-23

Exactly four weeks from today EuroBLECH 2014 starts in Hannover, Germany. Our preparations are of course already at full blast and you will already find the first results on our EuroBLECH microsite. Here you can find some informations about the exhibition and our booth. In addition to a showapplikation, which shows our entire range of services as well as a broad overview of different technologies you will find a subject area for controls as a highlight. Whether it is a single solution for a KUKA flexibleCUBE, a controller for a medium-sized cell or a comprehensive package of controls for an entire production line –we have got the right solution for your requirements, and our experts can give you individual advice on site. With the miKUKA standards and products, we offer solutions for automation tasks ranging from simple to complex. The abbreviation “mi” stands for “machine interface” and is synonymous with thorough integration of the control systems into the machines themselves. miControl is a standard modular PLC system designed as open software on the basis of Siemens controllers. In addition to this, miView provides a user-friendly operator control and visualization system. It offers a clever, standardized human-machine interface which is required to ensure efficient operator control and maintenance of the systems We are looking forward to your visit at the EuroBLECH 2014! VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes... Read More
Yesterday the popular annual KUKA system football tournament took place at the old “Panzerteststrecke” in Augsburg. Each year the departments form teams and compete in this tournament – the winner of the previous year organizes the event in the next year. Five teams had gathered this year. “We are especially pleased, that we have a lot of new young players new this year”, says Christian Treffler, who organized the tournament this year. He also emphasizes, that we always played particularly fair each year. Since a team would help out another one at short notice with a player. Good luck with the weather, exciting games – and the well deserved little barbecue cannot be missed at the end! And the winner is again the team friction welding – congratulations to the colleagues! VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes... Read More
Last week we presented the activities of our collegues in Schwarzenberg. This is why today our department for Assembly & Test in Bremen should not be missing. The KUKA Systems GmbH in Bremen offers global solutions for the automotive industry, for example efficient automation solutions for  all aggregates of the power train for cars and trucks. If it is about motor- and cylinder head assembly, axle assembly, gear assembly or transport systems – our experienced colleagues counsel in development, concept and realization of production systems with individual degrees of automation. Founded in 1982, our colleagues in Bremen develop, plan, design and manufacture with a workforce of over 300 employees and a production area of over 15,000 m². A core competence of Bremen is also the test and inspection equipment necessary for quality ensurance. To ensure the security of motors and gears highly complex testings are necessary. To reveal possible defects and enable their systematic detection, cold tests, leak tests and function tests, such as noise, torque and oil system tests are done, to name just a few. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes... Read More
TechTuesday: Toolmaking

TechTuesday: Toolmaking


Posted By on 2014-09-09

Last week, we have already grazed the competences of our colleagues in the beautiful Erzgebirge in our article about a politician visiting the site. But what happens there? The KUKA Systems division for tooling is located in Schwarzenberg. Our experts for the production of sheet metal cutting and forming tools for presses are sitting there. The tool makers manufacture forming and cutting tools at all levels of complexity and for processing a wide range of different metals, such as the latest project, the development of dies for the side wall of the new Volvo SUV presented last week. They can handle different grades with consistent quality, be it vehicle body panels of steel, high-strength steel or aluminum. A true masterpiece is the aluminum forming of a one-piece outer skin part of the car. The tools are finally used in in robot-, feeder- or transfer-automated presses and press lines. In addition, KUKA Systems in Schwarzenberg offers an integrated CAE process chain with modern simulation systems and certified quality management. This forms the basis for meeting in full the requirements placed on us by our customers. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes... Read More
TechTuesday: Ionized.

TechTuesday: Ionized.


Posted By on 2014-09-02

Today it’s getting a little more complicated about plasma welding: Materials can be welded together using a plasma jet as the heat source. Plasma is an arc of super-heated, electrically conductive gas, mostly argon mixed with hydrogen or helium. This protects the weld pool against oxidation and stabilizes the arc. Impulses of high frequency ionize the plasma gas that funnels through the plasma torch. An additional light arc is burning between a wolfram electrode that is polarized negative and an anode built as a nozzle. This ionizes the gas shaft between nozzle and the component, which is polarized positive, and therefore allows an ignition without a touch. Hereby the plasma is constrained to a cylindric gas shaft by a water cooled copper nozzle, which comes along with a higher concentration of energy than in other gas-shielded welding processes. Thus it enables a higher welding speed. Plasma welding processes exhibit high component positioning tolerances and thus offer advantages when it comes to bridging gaps. The energy density of the plasma jet enables high welding speeds in conjunction with low-pore seams that are largely free from spatter. Furthermore, distortion and tension are relatively low, which is particularly beneficial in the case of large workpieces. This is why this very stable process is often used in the production of containers or pipelines and in the aerospace industry. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes... Read More
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