Electronics is a fast-growing market for industrial robots, and Kuka has been showing off some of its success in the sector.
In one example the company highlighted recently, a total of 25 Kuka robots are in operation at Possehl Electronics in Niefern, Germany.
There, they manufacture complex timing cases for electric power steering systems for cars.
At the core of the system, three KR Agilus robots precisely place components into the injection molding machine.
Industrial robots work on three lines with an accuracy to a tenth of a millimeter, says Kuka.
Among other things, the robots are equipped with special grippers. This enables the preparation and loading of the injection molding machine with an accuracy of 0.1 millimeters.
One further advantage is very short cycle times. Several small robots from the KR Agilus series, a KR 5 arc robot and several Kuka robots from the mid-payload range are involved in the manufacture of complex timing cases for electric power steering systems for cars.
Since 2013, Possehl has used robot-based automation on three production lines. To achieve this, the system and manufacturing concepts in Niefern were standardized.
On the production lines, a total of 25 Kuka robots carry out classic pick and place activities. The special aspect in this case is that their movements are precisely coordinated, and they work with utmost precision.
In the video, see how 25 Kuka robots work in perfect coordination on three production lines.
Small robots are the core of the system, says Kuka.
The preparation for the loading of an injection molding machine is carried out by two Kuka KR 6 R900 small robots.
Their task: 52 stamped parts must be positioned into an injection molding machine with an accuracy of 0.1 millimeters. There, the parts as processed further.