Extremely flexible man-machine collaborations in times of Industry 4.0: From fully automated production warehouses with Automated Guided Vehicles to automatic loading and unloading with mobile robots to process and machining automation, Grenzebach will be presenting a clear picture of tomorrow's smart factories that are conducted by humans. Process chains, which can be automated, are executed with the help of robots. However, the human being can intervene at any time and directly communicate with the Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and mobile robots for processes such as taking over the loading or unloading of parts. The mobile robots ensure ultimate personnel safety for any type of man-machine collaboration.
"In order to proactively conduct and control Grenzebach or third party equipment, the Grenzebach Application Server, abbreviation "GAS", is the state-of-the-art and modular central unit. The GAS controls all sequences in production and thus integrates equipment components and devices of all manufacturers. Already, this framework is paving the way to Industry 4.0 and tomorrow's factory for our customers. The simple and most reasonable use of Apps allows to upgrade the system's configuration", says Roland Jenning, head of innovation at Grenzebach.
During the world's leading tradeshow for Industrial Automation, the Grenzebach booth (hall 17, booth B42) will showcase how exactly workpieces are taken off the racks by the AGV "L1200S" with the help of mobile robots to then be transported towards the friction stir welding cell where the gripper of the mobile robot deposits the workpieces. After the welding, the mobile robot picks up the processed workpieces and continues towards the storage - then the cycle in the smart factory starts over.