> KUKA – Pratical applications with robot and machine tools at EMO 2017


Germany, Hannover – User-friendly automation solutions for the metal industry will be a central element of KUKA’s trade fair appearance at EMO Hannover


At the flagship fair for the metalworking industry, the global automation corporation will exhibit its wide range of products for this sector, in particoular some samples of cooperation between robot and machine tools.

EMO Hannover takes place every two years, this year opening its gates from 18-23 September 2017 at the Hannover exhibition grounds.


A sample of KR Quantec robot (for high payloads from 90 to 300 kg) in an application loading and unloading a DMG Mori machine tool.


Winfried Geiger, Business Development Manager at KUKA.

Winfried Geiger, Business Development Manager at KUKA Roboter Gmbh: “we provide our customers with tailor-made solutions”.

The ready2_use packages for tailor made solutions

The metal industry currently faces the challenge of organizing its production in an efficient manner and in close proximity to the customer. That can only be achieved with intelligent, robot-based automation. For this, we provide our customers with tailor-made solutions,” says Winfried Geiger, Business Development Manager at KUKA Roboter GmbH. The primary focus of the KUKA exhibits will be the ready2_use packages, which support metalworking companies in the automation process between robot and machine tools.

The robot KR Agilus by KUKA.

Flexible solutions can be found at the EMO 2017. This is the robot KR Agilus by KUKA.

ready2_use: preconfigured and coordinated application packages

The ready2_use packages meet the challenges of automation. “The packages offer flexible solutions which we have developed in cooperation with our system partners for various industries,” explains Geiger.

The ready2_pilot and ready2_grip applications will be on display at EMO. ready2_pilot is a wireless solution which is particularly easy to use and can be implemented quickly. The particularly fast learning curve allows the user to teach nearly every KUKA industrial robot in no time.

Small and medium-sized companies can benefit from ready2_grip, an easy-to-integrate, pre-configured gripper package. Here, the robot functions as a handling assistant, for example helping to load and unload machines. The package will be displayed at the fair in conjunction with the KR AGILUS small robot.


Practical applications.
First case: communication between robot and machine tool

KUKA will also showcase two robot cells at Hannover. The first cell demonstrates the simple communication between robot and machine tool made possible by the control software KUKA.PLC mxAutomation.

The software allows for the effortless integration of KUKA robots into existing operator control concepts for machine tools, for example, in combination with Siemens Sinumerik Operate Run MyRobot. Function blocks make it easy for robots to be commanded within the familiar PLC programming environment. For operator control, the user requires only minimal knowledge of robot programming.


Pratical applications.
Second case: robot-based milling application

The second cell shows a robot-based milling application. Milling robots carry out machining tasks just like machine tools. However, they are even more flexible and versatile due to their large working envelope and six axes.

In the example at the fair, a robot for high payloads is used for finishing castings. With KUKA.CNC, the technology software package used here, it is possible to execute the CNC codes directly without having to compile them into the robot language. In this way, all CNC functionalities such as sister tools and tool radius correction are fully retained.


The robot KR Cybertech nano.

The robot KR Cybertech nano, this serie is tailored to handle small components and save space.

Trade fair presentation rounded off with a selection of robots

In addition to the application packages and cells, KUKA will present a robot from the KR CYBERTECH nano series, a KR CYBERTECH and a robot for high payloads from 90 to 300 kg, the KR QUANTEC.

The KR CYBERTECH series constitutes the world’s most comprehensive range of models in the low payload category. It is ideally suited to space-saving cell con-cepts. The robots on display are specially tailored to handle small components.


Info about KUKA:

The KUKA Group is a global automation corporation with sales of around 3 billion euro and roughly 13,200 employees. As one of the world’s leading suppliers of intelligent automation solutions, KUKA offers customers everything they need from a single source: from components and cells to fully automated systems for the automotive, electronics, consumer goods, metalworking, logistics/e-commerce, healthcare and service robotics industries. The Group is headquartered in Augsburg.

More info about: KUKA


The KUKA booth at EMO 2017 can be found in Hall 25, Booth D81.




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