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Case Studies Of Industrial Robots

Robots in action can be found everywhere. Robot Manufacturers give examples of robot applications in different industries.

Kawasaki, Germany - IFR-Partner

"Colleague Robot" Makes Work Easier

Extreme physical stress is harmful to health - this is the result of a scientific study by the AOK (German health insurance company). Against the background of this fact, the Schomburg group has automated its workflow with the help of Kawasaki robot technology in order to increase the efficiency of their production.

The company - founded by Albert Schomburg in 1937 - has specialized in the development, production and sale of high-quality building product systems. This includes among others waterproofing and building repair systems as well as products of the general building chemistry, particularly for the composition floor layer and plastering craft the major part of which is filled in sacks.

palletizing areaControlled by a state-of-the-art PPS (Production Planning System), all steps have been automated - from the filling process of the building products up to the storage in the high rack warehouse. After the filling process, the sacks are fed to the palletizing area on a conveyor belt where a Kawasaki robot loads two stations equipped with Euro pallets. The central PPS tells the Kawasaki robot which product must be loaded on which pallet.

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In the next step, the robot unloads the sacks from the belt and stacks them on the pallet - 6 sacks per layer, 7 layers altogether.

It is possible to align the sacks during the unloading and depositing process so that a more even and orderly pallet stack is generated.

The system has been in operation since 1999 and has loaded more than 120,000 pallets ever since without any failure or incident worth mentioning. Where previously approx. 40 tons per day could be handled, the Kawasaki system is able to palletize more than of 80 tons every day. This proves beyond doubt that work can be made so much easier for the employers with the help of "colleague Kawasaki" and his robot technology - a fact which is highly appreciated and accepted by all parties.

shrink-wrapped in stretch-filmIn excess of this, the stock turnover which is now achieved could not have been handled and realized by mere manpower. After the loading of one pallet is completed, it is fed to the packaging line via an automatically controlled conveyor belt. In the last step of the filling and packaging process, the products are shrink-wrapped in stretch film and provided with a barcode label. A conveyor belt transports the finished pallet to the shipping station.

Here, a fork lift truck takes over the products; the barcode is scanned and the entire batch is brought to its reserved position in the high-rise storage rack.

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One especially remarkable feature of this system is the integration of the numerous interfaces. Starting with the control of the filling technology, via the transport of the filled sacks to the palletizing station, the use of the Kawasaki robot, the pallet conveyor technology all around the robot, the packaging line with film and barcode up to depositing the products in the high-rise rack - all of these production steps are finely tuned within the PPS (Production Planning System).

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