Siemens to Demonstrate Kuka Robotics Integration for Workpiece Handling

Posted: October 8, 2012 in IMTS, News About Our Clients, Siemens Machine Tool Systems
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All motion controlled by mxAutomation directly through the Sinumerik CNC — simple to integrate, even easier to operate

 CHICAGO — At this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Siemens will demonstrate its recent collaboration with KUKA Robotics.  In the Siemens booth E-5010, a KUKA robot will be articulating parts, simulating the operation on a CNC machine tool.  Key to this development is the machine builder’s ability to integrate mxAutomation from KUKA directly through the Siemens Sinumerik CNC platform, thereby allowing the operator of the machine to run both the machine tool and robot from the single control panel. . The motion sequence of the robot is entirely engineered within the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC, then transferred by the 840D sl’s PLC function to the mxAutomation interpreter on the KR C4. All program changes to a six-axis robot can easily be input on a second channel of the CNC and fully operated.  This scenario provides the ability to not only run a machine tool’s automation sequence more efficiently, but also make more changes on-the-fly to minimize machine downtime, with no special knowledge of robot programming language.  During the operation of the machine tool, all changes made can be visualized directly on the CNC screen, further minimizing operator actions. Siemens is the first CNC supplier to show this capability for single-screen operation of the machine tool and robotic materials handling on the CNC. During the show, a Siemens Sinumerik 840D sl CNC will be programmed to allow the operator to jog the robot, command the gripper and otherwise simulate integrated actions with a machine tool. In operation, the KRC4 integrator and mxAutomation convert the robot language into the same commands used for multi-axis machine tool functions.  A single Profinet cable runs between the robot and the CNC.  According to KUKA’s Andreas Schuhbauer, key technology manager for machine tool automation (Augsburg, Germany), “mxAutomation allows the machine tool builder a single I/O language for integrating robotics on the CNC, while the end user operator can run both the machine tool and the robot from a single screen on the control.” mxAutomation for Sinumerik CNC was a joint development between KUKA and Siemens.  KUKA created plug-in function modules for the Siemens Step 7 PLC engineering software and provided its robot knowledge to Siemens for creation of the second channel logic on the CNC, Andreas Schuhbauer further noted. All safety functions and test functions for load / unload, brake test, gripper, robot communication and safe operation of the robot are provided through the Siemens Profinet and Profisafe platforms. Future developments for mxAutomation are planned, including a wider application range for robots in the CNC machine tool environment. For more information about Siemens CNC solutions for the machine tool industry, visit our website: www.usa.siemens.com/cnc.  Join the user community by following us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SiemensCNC  and talking to us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/siemens_cnc_us. Siemens Industry Sector is the world’s leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products, solutions and services for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the sector enhances its customers’ productivity, efficiency and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services Divisions as well as the Metals Technologies Business Unit. The Siemens Drive Technologies Division is the world’s leading supplier of products, systems, applications, solutions and services for the entire drive train, with electrical and mechanical components. Drive Technologies serves all vertical markets in the production and process industries as well as the infrastructure/energy segment. With its products and solutions, the division enables its customers to achieve productivity, energy efficiency and reliability. For more information on this story, please contact SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC. DRIVE TECHNOLOGIES MOTION CONTROL MACHINE TOOL BUSINESS 390 Kent Avenue Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 Phone: 847-640-1595 Fax: 847-437-0784 Web:  www.usa.siemens.com/cnc Email:  SiemensMTBUMarCom.sea@siemens.com Attention:  John Meyer, Manager, Marketing Communication Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SiemensCNC or Twitter:  www.twitter.com/siemens_cnc_us. — Siemens Industry Sector is the world’s leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products, solutions and services for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the sector enhances its customers’ productivity, efficiency and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services Divisions as well as the Metals Technologies Business Unit. The Siemens Drive Technologies Division is the world’s leading supplier of products, systems, applications, solutions and services for the entire drive train, with electrical and mechanical components. Drive Technologies serves all vertical markets in the production and process industries as well as the infrastructure/energy segment. With its products and solutions, the division enables its customers to achieve productivity, energy efficiency and reliability.

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