Autonomous Mobile Platform Transports with Accuracy, Safety
IMTS 2018: Kuka’s KMP 1500 is an autonomously controlled, omnidirectional mobile platform that can independently transport products through all process steps.
Kuka’s KMP 1500 is an autonomously-controlled, omnidirectional mobile platform that can independently transport products through all process steps. The company’s built-in navigation system is said to eliminate the risk of collision and to enable autonomous motion of the platform without artificial markings in the production facility. The company’s Sunrise controller interfaces with the robot and enables easy extension with special equipment and sensors.
The mobile platform enables unrestricted motion in any direction with a positioning accuracy of up to ± 5 mm, the company says. It meets required safety standards for autonomous guided vehicles and accommodates payloads of up to 1,500 kg. Integrated laser scanners enhance safety.
In metalworking, a shop's move from one level of automation to the next can be a business-busting decision if badly timed. This article looks at what you should consider when taking the next step toward automating an operation.
After watching a machinist take four hours to set up a part on a VMC, Dan Olsen of Mach Machine knew he had a problem. The solution seemed clear: horizontal machining. The automation system wasn’t expected; but the novelty was well worth it before long.
This shop justified the robot solely through improved use of labor. Other benefits came to light after the automation arrived.