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Exhibit 08: Cognitive welding robot assistant for small lot sizes

The welding robot assistant is suited for small lot size weld jobs. It is able to localize workpieces, to automatically generate programs, to adapt the welding process to workpiece uncertainties and to collaborate with the worker. The goal is to significantly reduce the programming effort for automated production in small and medium-sized welding businesses. For this important branch of the European Economy high programming and program adaptation efforts are the major obstacle for automation of welding tasks for which skilled workers are becoming increasingly scarce.

IPA: Cognitive welding robot assistant for small lot sizes

Use case

  • Fast and intuitive programming for low-volume production of weld parts
  • Robust handling of uncertainties: program adaptation to workpiece tolerances, no need for rigid fixtures
  • Intuitive user interaction through smart interface on touchscreen tablet

Technological innovations

  • Accurate 3D localization of weld parts and adaption to product tolerances in work cell
  • Automatic, model-based program generation and collision avoidance: easy reconfiguration of robot cell for new process
  • Rapid system adaptation and extension: new hardware components are configured from database to speed up integration
  • Interfaces to off-the-shelve robot controllers

Benefits

  • Significant reduction of programming time
  • Cost-effective production and high return on investment also for low-volume production
  • High and constant quality of welding results
  • Rapid changeover to new products and variants without need for rigid fixtures
  • Intuitive system operation independent of the specific robot type

Further information

Fact Sheet

Please download a fact sheet about exhibit 08 which contains the above mentioned exhibit details (in PDF format). This fact sheet will also be distributed at the AUTOMATICA 2016 trade fair.

Contact persons for this exhibit are:

  • Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Kuss, Fraunhofer IPA
  • Dr. Jürgen Neumann, KUKA Industries GmbH

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Thursday, 2017-05-11
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Tuesday, 2016-06-21

AUTOMATICA 2016

Wednesday, 2016-06-01

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