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Fabtech 2022: Kuka to showcase metal joining portfolio

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Kuka Robotics will highlight its portfolio of metal joining technology at Fabtech 2022, which takes place November 8-10.

Among the technologies on display at the Kuka booth (#C11347), visitors will find live demos of robotic Friction Stir Welding (FSW), automated linear units and positioners, software that synchronizes the action of multiple robots working in the same application and an automated cell for surface bonding pretreatment using plasma. 

The multi-robot FSW cell will feature the high-payload Kuka KR QUANTEC robot for applications ranging from automotive, foundry and welding aluminum parts to manufacture and assembly. Within the cell, one robot will pick parts from bins and place them into a fixture, and a second robot will perform the weld using both Roboception and SICK PLB 3D vision technologies.

For EV battery tray production, Kuka offers the Kuka cell4_FSW modules to boost process efficiency and maximize the available configuration options for manufacturers. Used for both 2D and 3D welding tasks, the modules are scalable and accommodate either one or two six-axis robots. Shops can arrange several workpiece clamping tools in the working area of the cell so that robots can work simultaneously on larger components if needed.

Fabtech attendees will also see the KL 4000 linear unit, which extends robot work envelopes with an exterior axis that provides translational motion of up to 31.5 meters in overall length. Kuka linear units use the same controller as that of the robot and add an additional axis to integrate into the work sequence without the need for additional equipment. Linear units accommodate up to four robots and are available in various sizes and payload categories.

Kuka will also spotlight its robotic positioners that enhance performance and automation. Three Kuka positioners, the KP1-HC, KP3-VCH and DKP, will be highlighted during the show, demonstrating their range of applications and payloads. Kuka positioners employ proven robotic components for high availability and reliability as well as maximum torque for extremely short cycle times.

For the geometric coupling of multiple robots, the Kuka.RoboTeam Coordinated Motion software synchronizes motion start and motion time of two or more robots. Kuka.RoboTeam transfers decision making and responsibility of conventional, centralized PLC functions directly to the robot group for autonomous group execution.

For surface bonding pretreatment solutions, Kuka Robotics will spotlight its ready2_activate application with System Partner Plasmatreat.

Utilizing a KR AGILUS robot and Kuka’s ready2_activate application and modular platform, Plasmatreat Openair-Plasma jet technology will perform precision surface cleaning by activating or nanocoating material surfaces, preparing surfaces for gluing, printing or lacquering without generating any chemical waste. The Kuka robotic motion sequence and plasma process are controlled by processors in close communication for easy integration into a production line or process.

Fabtech 2022 takes place Nov. 8-10 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. More details here.

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