By Andy Choi
Based on the latest KRC4 controller and Kuka CNC machining technology, a new Kuka machining cell was designed by Robotmaster and Kuka Robotics. This new innovation will be exhibited at Automatica 2012 in Munich. Using a rotary table and a Kuka Quantec KR300 robot, the live machining of an industrial manufacturing component in the cell will be demonstrated.
Followed by the extensive awareness about the robotic capabilities such as its durability and tolerance, there is significant growth in the market for using robots in machining parts. In order to conduct roughing and semi-finish operations, the clients use robotic solutions instead of 5-axis CNC machines. However, the final finishing may be carried out on a CNC machine for high precision and tolerance.
Kuka Robotics and Staubli have added robust capabilities and control technologies to robots that can enable machining harder parts. The CNC controls provide increased power for achieving significant point data that will support high speed machining, ensuring high machined tolerance.
Robotmaster provides simple and integrated software solution for path generation and CAD model import/creation. In addition, it offers advanced tools to understand the robot’s inverse kinematics including over travel, singularities, reach and joint limits. It also provides robot code generation and simulation. Programming of a 6-axis robot can be achieved using Robotmaster that facilitates external axes up to 3 rails/tracks and 2 rotary axes that can also be moved simultaneously.
Furthermore, Robotmaster supports path-related robotic applications including painting/spraying, trimming, de-burring, welding, sanding, laser, plasma and grinding, water-jet cutting, and other tool applications.
Using Robotmaster software, a live milling demonstration will be hosted at Automatica. Robotmaster is a product of Jabez Technologies.