As the exhibitors from Metrom report, it has usually been the case up to now that components are moved to stationary machines that are each designed for one processing purpose. Although these machines were extendable by additional features and automation connections, robots have recently developed further not only in the field of automation, but also for machining operations, and can now be inexpensively produced in large numbers. However, the effort required to teach the robot the accuracy of stationary processing machines is very high and the achievable accuracies are worse by a factor of ten than in stationary machines. This is where the concept of parallel kinematics based on Metrom's Pentapod shows its worth. The machining concept is claimed to combine the precision and stiffness of the stationary processing machines with the mobility and freedom of movement of the robot. It can be individually extended and configured through the integration of so-called Technology Apps, for instance for milling, friction stir welding, laser welding, additive fabrication, or testing methods. As the developers put it, the design principle allows a unique mobile use due to the low moving mass and can also process the largest components without having to be big itself.
The "Highlights" are a small selection from the Technical Press Information (TPI) for EMO Hannover 2017 that has been compiled for you by scientific staff at the VDW.