Robotic Automation and Cell Integration for Manufacturers | Kurt Engineered Systems
KurtKIT™ - The Kurt Integrated Technology (KurtKIT) provides automation integration of gaging, custom workholding and robotics. In addition to custom gaging and workholding, Kurt Engineered Systems now provides turn-key automatic cell integration robotic solutions using FANUC Robotic systems.
|Gage and/or workholding station|
Parts can be automatically loaded and unloaded into a gage and/or workholding station in order to make production faster, easier and more productive. Robotic cell integration can also be used to segregate good and bad parts, as well as, position or mark parts for processing. In all applications, communication of the part position, completion and disposition are all accomplished within the cell.
Automation Cell Integration Application Examples
|A robot automatically and accurately loads a fixture into a grinding machine. Kurt's VB DockLock system allows the fixture to be positioned within .0002”. Proximities roughly verify that the fixture has been loaded. Once released, a Kurt gage system verifies that the fixture is in position and then measures part heights to optimize the grind process. |
|Kurt gage system |
Once the fixture is located and locked in place, a Kurt gage system swings into position. By using the grinder machine controls, a probe is moved into multiple positions to first verify that the fixture is seated on the grinder table. This eliminates the possibility of chips under the fixture or a mis-load by the robot and a subsequent crash of the grinding wheel. Once the fixture is verified, the gage head is moved to the programmed locations on each part before the grinding operation. Based upon the measurement data, the KurtPremium software communicates directly to the grinder controller - providing the start and stop position for grinding. In this way, an optimum grinding program is achieved with no wasted grind time by either pre-grinding in the air or excessively on the parts. The total gage process takes less than 60 seconds.
A heat treat station
Kurt is an authorized FANUC Robotics integrator.
For more information on FANUC Robotics, please visit th FANUC Robotics website.