Sensitive robotic assembly at Siemens
KUKA “Knight” concept in the production of electric motors at Siemens
5 March 2014
In order to boost productivity in its Bad Neustadt factory for electric motors, Siemens AG will be relying on the process expertise of KUKA Systems GmbH in the future. The automation specialist for joining and forming technology and sensitive assembly processes is delivering a robot-based handling and inspection cell for the precise execution of five work steps using human-robot collaboration: loading the blanks, removing them after machining in a CNC center, cleaning the workpieces and inspecting their dimensional accuracy. Upon completion of these production steps, the parts are set down in their corresponding transport containers and made available for further processing.
Successful sensitive automationManual activities, which until now have been neither ergonomic nor suitable for automation, can now be automated in a cost-effective way. Reproducible processes are performed at a high standard without the need for investments in dedicated equipment for specific models or components.
“With this flexible robot cell, Siemens has successfully taken the first step in spontaneous automation. Even complex assembly processes are possible with sensitive robots. In addition, lean engineering and the fluid deployment of the LBR iiwa and personnel give rise to versatile assembly concepts,” concludes Borkeloh. The “LBR iiwa Knight” concept makes it possible to simply expand existing automation systems.