KUKA – Handle Castings

Support for e-mobility: KUKA supplies 36 robots to ZF - Automation for low-emission mobility: At ZF Gusstechnologie GmbH in Nuremberg, 36 KR IONTECs will soon begin their work. They will handle castings for plug-in hybrid transmissions.

Source: KUKA Group

Plug-in hybrids combine the range of an internal combustion engine with a locally emission-free electric drive. ZF, one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, offers solutions for the entire range of hybrid vehicles with a modular construction kit. Together with the system integrator Maschinenbau Böhmer GmbH, KUKA will in future be supporting the automation of production of the fourth generation of ZF 8-speed plug-in hybrid transmissions. 

36 KR IONTEC robotswill be used for the die casting of transmission housings and housings for mechatronics. The order was placed on the first of April 2022, and KUKA delivered the first nine robots to Maschinenbau Böhmer GmbH at the beginning of August. The next robot delivery will take place at the end of October. By the spring of 2023, all 36 KR IONTECs should have gone into service at ZF.  

The KR IONTEC is particularly easy to commission and requires little maintenance, with a large working envelope and a small footprint. A particular advantage for foundries: the Foundry version of the KR IONTEC can withstand heat and is suitable for the temperature range 0 to 55 degrees Celsius. The robot hand of the KR IONTEC Foundry is also extremely heat-resistant: It can tolerate a temperature of 180 degrees Celsius for up to ten seconds. 

In addition to the product features, the decisive factor for the award of the contract by ZF in Nuremberg was the package of offers that KUKA tailored to the needs of the plant. Christian Gernath, Global Key Account Manager ZF Group at KUKA: "ZF Gusstechnologie GmbH benefits from the complete KUKA portfolio with robots, customer support, training and digital services. We are looking forward to being able to support the employees and to the joint journey into future-proof plug-in hybrid transmission production."

Source: KUKA