Automation Robotmaster, Kuka combine forces to demonstrate robot machining
At the Automatica show in Munich, the software and equipment manufacturers worked together to show the feasibility of robot machining with the production of a wooden miniature Kuka-robot model at the Fraunhofer IPA booth and a bicycle component at the Robotmaster booth.
Robotmaster said the live machining allayed concerns about the ability of robots to maintain tolerances and produce finish-quality parts. Visitors watched the high-tolerance production of machined parts and a manufacturing-robot cell carry out complex machining tasks in a single setup.
According to Robotmaster, Kuka Robotics new control—the KR C4 with the KUKA.CNC motion planner—allows end users in CNC manufacturing to make the transition from regular CNC machines to machining robots thanks to an easy-to-use interface and the visualisation of machining code as NC/G-codes. With the KRC4, machining the part with a robot is similar to using a CNC machine tool.
Throughout the show, both booths welcomed a steady stream of visitors who used Robomaster’s software to import or create a CAD model, generate the trajectories, resolve for common robotic issues, simulate the process and then generate the machining code,
In addition to machining, Robotmaster supports path-following robotic applications such as trimming, welding, grinding, sanding, deburring, painting and spraying, laser, plasma and water-jet cutting, and part-to-tool applications. The software can be used to program a 6-axis robot and offers support for external axes—up to three rails or tracks and two rotary axes—all in simultaneous motion.
The Canadian company Jabez Technologies makes the software, and Intercam S.A. distributes it in Europe