The Stuttgart-based drag&bot automation provider made the final cut on the basis of its programming platform which allows users to intuitively program and flexibly operate industrial robots from a wide range of manufacturers. A cloud and graphics-based interface can be used from anywhere. The software can also be expanded to cover all the relevant hardware and software. Its operation requires no prior robotics or IT skills, making it possible to use industrial robots economically in small batches.
Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research (IFAM)
impressed the jury with its system for milling large components that can be used to upgrade standard industrial robots to become mobile CNC milling robots. The solution consists of a modularly designed mobile system on a highly rigid mobile platform (AGV) and involves integrating various technologies to increase accuracy. This mobile and flexible system enables highly productive precision machining, making it possible to replace space-consuming gantry systems. A low investment volume and increased productivity are above all useful for the production of large components and industrial tool and die making. Visitors to HANNOVER MESSE can see the mobile CNC robots at the Siemens stand in Hall 9.
Heinz Berger Maschinenfabrik
, a Wuppertal-based company specializing in grinding and polishing technology, won over the jury with its process chain of robot cells used as a polishing system for pots and pans. A total of 33 highly interactive, networked robot systems are capable of executing fully automated workpiece and tool changes. Intelligent cell interaction and distribution of the individual production steps make the systems enormously flexible, particularly for efficiently producing small batch sizes. An integrated Industry 4.0 interface with IP-based protocols means that the system can be controlled and monitored worldwide. The system is already deployed on the factory floor in Wuppertal.