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My name is Hardy Ponudic. I work here at ZIMM as a Production Manager.

We are headquartered in Lustenau in Vorarlberg, in the very west of Austria.

We produce worm gear machine screw jacks here.

These are electromechanical drives that convert a rotary movement

into a linear movement. Our products are used for example in the paper industry,

when lifting and lowering large rolls of paper.

We opted for a modular automation cell

that loads and unloads a 5-axis milling machine, both in pallet and part handling.

My name is Marcel Haltiner. I work for Vischer & Bolli

and I am responsible for automation.

So our strength is that we offer total solutions.

We can offer the customer the complete solution,

from the machine table to the machine spindle. In machining,

tool holding, clamping technology and in complete automation.

Aluminum and cast screw jacks are manufactured in the cell.

At the end, about 30 different components in batch sizes 1 to 200 are to be manufactured.

The customer loads the lift system with raw parts. Then these raw parts are

placed on shelves by the large robot on the front table. The components

from these workpiece trays are then loaded onto the quadruple loading fixture.

Load externally for the reason that we do not carry out the loading in the machine,

because otherwise we would have downtimes for too long. So we can do it

much faster by changing only the devices that are equipped.

When it has been processed, the device comes out again,

the workpieces are turned to OP 20, clamped again and placed

again in the quadruple loading fixture. As soon as the second side has been finished,

the parts go into a deburring cell.

There they are completely deburred and cleaned and then go back on the

workpiece tray and at the end the robot puts this workpiece tray back in the lift

and on the back in the bay the customer can later

remove these parts by hand as finished parts.

We have organized the entire order management, the NC programs,

all devices, all workpieces as raw or finished parts via

a host computer system. The cell itself is the master, the machine is the slave.

A KR 240 QUANTEC robot is installed in this project.

We need it for handling the heavy fixtures and workpiece trays.

A KR 10 AGILUS is also installed. We need it for the deburring cell so that we have good

access to the workpieces, especially inside.

I personally find robot support in production very important. For these reasons:

because the jobs are upgraded, because you stay competitive.

Because we can use it during times when no employees

are in the company, i.e. on weekends and at night.

What we particularly appreciate about KUKA is that we are looked after very well,

because these cells will eventually be located not only in the DACH region, but

worldwide, we are dependent on a very good service network

and of course KUKA is a very good choice.

Such robot cells will be the future. For the very reason

that we will need parts handling. Although this is much more complex,

it will be the future to produce from lot size 1 to large series because

it is so much more economical and, above all, we do not have the employees anyway

who are able to implement the whole thing properly.

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