At EMO Hannover 2017, SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG is turning the spotlight on the consequences of future human-robot collaboration (HRC) and exhibiting corresponding solutions.
Like dangerous animals, robots have spent their existence up till now behind cages. However, huge progress is being made in their domestication and, to stick with the analogy, the cage doors are already wide open. If you listen to what handling experts are saying, it won’t be long at all until humans and robots are working directly side by side as integral elements in production automation. It's a development that SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG - one of the leading names in gripping systems and clamping technology - has long been working on. Now, the family-run German company is at EMO Hannover 2017 to showcase the astounding advances that have already been achieved in the taming of grippers for collaborative production scenarios.
SCHUNK is showcasing the view that it will primarily be separate sub-processes - where full automation would be difficult to achieve cost effectively - that will see humans and robots divide up their tasks according to their abilities and work hand in hand or, rather, hand in gripper. These HRC solutions, which are ranked below full automation, offer a number of key benefits: They boost productivity, enhance flexibility and lighten the load on staff by freeing them up from manual tasks that have either been unsuitable for automation or have been ergonomically unfavorable and often exceptionally monotonous. State-of-the-art HRC solutions also reduce the risk of injuries in the workplace and, when applied to reproducible processes, ultimately ensure consistent quality standards that don’t vary according to how an operator is feeling from day to day.
SCHUNK GmbH & Co.KG Spanntechnik und Greifsysteme (D-74348 Lauffen/Neckar), Hall 3, Stand E55
Contact: Marcel Nagel
Tel.: +49 7133 103-2561
Outstanding - MM Award for the most innovative exhibits
MM MaschinenMarkt, the major information and communications platform for key sectors of the manufacturing industry, is at EMO Hannover 2017 to present for the sixth time the "MM Award" innovation prize to the most innovative exhibits from the world of metalworking.
All companies exhibiting at EMO Hannover 2017 have until 22 August this year to enter their pioneering developments and try to secure this prestigious innovation award. The panel of judges from the MM editorial team will scrutinize all entries submitted by the closing date and pick out the three best candidates in the various categories. The finalists will then be invited to attend the awards ceremony at EMO Hannover 2017. The MM editorial team is to showcase all the candidates’ innovations to visitors before finally coming to those all-important words: "And the winner is …"
The impressive reputation of the "MM Award at EMO Hannover" is the result of its strict criteria. For example, to be considered, entries must either be a completely new innovation or a development/enhancement that differs significantly from the current state of the art. What’s more, the innovations, which must be on show at EMO Hannover 2017, cannot be prototypes. Candidates can submit entries in the following categories: Additive manufacturing, drive technology, automation technology, CAD/CAM systems, turning, (waste) disposal, eroding/erosion, milling, Industry 4.0, lubricants and cooling lubricants, metrology, multipurpose machines, predictive maintenance, grinding, software (MMI, operating concepts), clamping devices, control engineering, separation technology, workpiece and tool handling and tools.
Further information about the "MM Award for EMO Hannover 2017" and a preview of the application form are available on the following website: www.maschinenmarkt.vogel.de
Vogel Business Media GmbH & Co.KG – MM MaschinenMarkt (D-97082 Würzburg), Hall 12, Stand C101
Contact: Andrea Gillhuber
Tel.: +49 931 418 2486
Comedians, athletes, forging presses...
...they all need perfect timing! Schuler AG is at EMO 2017 to showcase a 3D model of its newly developed MSE 2000 servo forging press. It’s an innovation with perfect timing – providing top speed for forming processes and precise deceleration for the spraying and transport of parts.
Schuler AG aims to boost its customers’ productivity significantly with the MSE 2000 servo forging press. To achieve that goal, the new MSE 2000 minimizes stress on the die by ensuring contact times are as short as possible, without adversely affecting the spraying and transport window. "With our newly-developed MSE 2000, a much higher number of parts can be produced in the same amount of time compared to conventional forging presses," explains Johannes Linden, Division Industry Head at Schuler. "The lifetime of the die is considerably lengthened. At the same time, the energy needs of the entire machine are reduced."
Four highly dynamic servo drives in the head unit of the 2,000 ton forging press make this productivity gain possible. Thanks to these drives, the speed with which the die approaches the part and then moves away from it can be precisely controlled. The die moves more slowly when transporting parts and faster during forming, thus exhibiting an adjustment that has not previously been possible on conventional mechanical presses. Until now, the length of the overall process has been determined by the slowest sub-process. Thanks to ServoDirect technology, this problem is a thing of the past.
The table ejectors of the MSE 2000 also feature an independent servo drive and are no longer mechanically coupled with the main drive, as in older presses. This innovation increases the flexibility of the transport process and additionally accelerates production. What's more, the switchover from a longitudinal to a transverse shaft design in the head unit makes the machine run more smoothly, because the two eccentric wheels rotate in opposite directions.
Schuler AG (D-73033 Göppingen), Hall 15, Stand E29
Contact: Simon Scherrenbacher
Tel.: +49 7161 66-7789
Not just big in Japan
As one leading Japanese manufacturer of high-quality machining centers, Matsuura is bringing three highly promising product innovations to EMO Hannover 2017 to showcase them to an international audience.
In addition to the new VX-660 vertical machining center and tried-and-tested 5-axis vertical machining centers in the form of the four-pallet MX-520 and ten-pallet MX-330, Matsuura is also exhibiting the latest generation of the LUMEX Avance-25 hybrid additive manufacturing plant in Hannover.
Compared to what was previously the smallest model in the VX series, the VX-1000, the new VX-660 is much more compact, with a footprint 17 percent smaller in total. The new VX-660 is equipped with a high-performance spindle, servo tuning and chip management, has been designed to machine parts weighing up to a maximum of 500 kilograms and also features a tool magazine that holds 30 tools.
Matsuura customers have frequently asked for a multi-pallet magazine for the popular 5-axis vertical machining centers in the MX series. This demand has now been met, following the launch of the MX-330 with a pallet magazine that holds up to 10 pallets and changes made to the proven MX-520, which is now available with a 4-pallet magazine and a 90 tool capacity. At EMO Hannover 2017, Matsuura engineers are also promoting additional upgrades, such as an increase in the capacity of the spiral chip conveyor, the new design of the work enclosure, the new iHMI NC control unit and the increased torque of 187 newton meters on the 12,000 spindle.
The fifth generation of the LUMEX Avance-25 hybrid additive manufacturing plant is on show in Hannover alongside the MX-330 and MX-520 to show that the laser sintering machine has changed outside and in, with a whole host of optimized features. For example, the new LUMEX Avance-25 now has a stronger laser with a maximum output of 1,000 Watts and improved machining strategies such as selective powder extraction upstream of milling, which is designed to enable a time saving of around 50 percent.
MATSUURA Machinery Corporation (JP-910-8530 Fukui-City, Japan), Hall 27, Stand E55
Contact: Merle Ganteführer
Tel.: +49 6122 7803-34
Inclined to help!
The ergonomic design of the new computer-assisted C 400Z precision lathe has obviously worked so well for GDW Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH that it has chosen to dub it the "Feel-good machine".
During an in-house innovation event at GDW Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH in May of this year, the company gave visitors a taster of what it has to offer at EMO Hannover 2017. Besides showing off a newly acquired patent for the production of tapered surfaces that is set to make taper turning on a conventional lathe child's play, Hans Ort, Managing Partner of GDW, is also giving visitors a first look at the new C 400Z, the big brother to the little C 280Z from the GDW conturline series. This computer-assisted precision lathe, which is being unveiled to the wider public for the first time at EMO Hannover 2017, has been designed to set new standards and boasts impressive credentials in terms of high precision, exemplary ergonomics and outstanding performance parameters.
"We don't just provide our customers with precision lathes, we also deliver innovation," said Ort at the inaugural presentation of the C 400Z. "Design is not just an expression of beauty and practicality, it is also a fundamental consideration for the human-machine relationship," explains Ort, describing the motivation behind the ergonomic inclined bed design with linear guide for the X and Z axes, which ensures operators of the C 400Z have a good view of the tool and unrestricted access when setting up the machine. This, the company claims, saves time, is convenient and - most importantly - is the basis for high-precision working practices and excellent positioning accuracy.
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