Kuka says its ‘sensitive robot’ builds effectiveness in automotive last assembly

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Industrial robot creator Kuka says its “sensitive robot” is assisting with expanding effectiveness at the last phases of assembly in the automotive producing sector.

The organization says vehicle producers are continually searching for answers to increment the effectiveness of getting together on the sequential construction system.

Innovative automation solutions should expand the level of automation, says Kuka, and humans and robots progressively share the working environment along the assembly line.

With what Kuka portrays as its “sensitive capabilities”, the LBR iiwa measures gap dimensions and flushness of body components, for example, between the tailgate and sidewall or between the headlights and hood.

Simultaneously, the worker completes further quality tests on the vehicle body. Automation in the final assembly is a genuinely new field.

The way that people and robots share the work environment along the stream assembly line has been an irregularity up to now.

Otmar Honsberg, head of application engineering at Kuka, says: “The measurements are relative to the component.

“This enables the robot to carry out its measuring task completely autonomously inflow operation. In contrast to conventional robot-supported measurement, this is a real added value.”

In combination with optical detection and its haptic sensor technology, the sensitive KUKA LBR iiwa automatically adjusts to new circumstances in case of belt vibrations or stops and keeps on doing its work flawlessly.

“The ‘Assembly in Motion’ solution makes the robot an intelligent positioning unit for the measuring device,” adds Honsberg.

The assembly lines in the assembly halls of vehicle makers move somewhat amassed vehicle bodies along the processing lines, while fitters gather extra parts or test quality features in a cycle time operation.

The speed of the assembly line is adjusted to the human cycle so assembly work or revising of components can be completed on the running line.

To expand effectiveness on the assembly line, man and robot must cooperate, says Kuka.

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