The industry is facing major challenges - also in the foundry sector. Automated manufacturing solutions are therefore becoming more and more important because they lead to more efficient and thus more cost-effective processes. And that's not all: "Automation ensures the necessary precision and quality wherever necessary. And it relieves employees of monotonous tasks in the difficult foundry environment - a factor that is of great importance in view of the shortage of skilled workers," says Steffen Günther, Head of Business Development CAS/Foundry at KUKA. KUKA will be presenting automation solutions for foundries at GIFA, the world's most important trade fair for foundry technology, in Düsseldorf from 25 to 29 June. Under the motto " Industrialintelligence in automation_Our products and expertise for your foundry", KUKA will be represented on more than 500 square meters in Hall 16, Stand E10. The focus will be on innovative robot types, presses for casting automation and the appropriate software solutions for industry 4.0.
Sliding- & Tiltingtrimpress: for fast and precise deburring of cast parts
The new generation of sliding and tiltingtrimpresses that KUKA is presenting at GIFA is characterized by even greater efficiency in deburring cast parts and user-friendly operation. This is made possible by the drive concept with a servo motor and the Dialog IV controller (DIV), which KUKA has developed jointly with customers. Thanks to multiple operation, the Dialog IV controller enables up to five work steps to be performed simultaneously.
Precise, fast and durable: new press for automation cells
Deburring castings is one of the most difficult and expensive tasks in the die casting industry. KUKA has developed a completely new, efficient and cost-effective deburring press that can be integrated directly into the die casting cell and will be shown for the first time at GIFA. Trimming presses and trimming tools remove burrs, transitions and overflows on aluminum components.
Automation from a single source: from robots to software
At GIFA, KUKA will also be presenting its complete robot portfolio for foundries, including the KR 120 R2100 nano F exclusive, which is perfectly optimized for the extreme working conditions in cleaning systems and medium and large washing cells. KUKA is demonstrating what joining processes can look like in the age of industry 4.0 with the sensitive and flexible lightweight robot LBR iiwa. The "Speed & Sensitivity" application shows a direct human-robot collaboration (HRC) in a sensitive assembly situation.
Experience Digitalization and Industry 4.0
Megatrends such as digitization, networking and smart production are also playing an increasingly important role in the foundry environment. At GIFA, KUKA will be presenting solutions for industry 4.0 and software tools for optimum networking of components, for virtual system planning or a sensitive robot controller. With KUKA Connect, for example, KUKA offers a cloud-based software platform that enables customers to access and analyze the data of their KUKA robots anywhere, anytime. With KUKA SmartProduction, the data of all components involved in the process can be processed and visualized.