The problem with picking material from a pallet is that the robot has to read the surface with the help of 3D. Fanuc's solution is called M–10iA/10S and it has a new integrated 3D Area Sensor system.
The system consists of a projector that works with two high-definition digital cameras, which in their turn provide calculated 3D information about the entire surface of an unsorted pallet.
"Traditionally there's one line in and another one out, which requires extra floor space at the factory. With this solution the forklift can put the pallet down directly and there's one less step in the process," Librell explains.
The robotics company Kuka is also presenting an innovation during Elmia Automation. It involves mxAutomation, which is a totally new method of easily programming robots via PLC.
In its stand at Elmia Automation, Kuka is demonstrating how one of its robots is controlled by a Siemens Sinumerik 840D.
"With this solution there is no need to have any programming experience for the robot," explains Peter Johansson, sales engineer at Kuka Nordic. "This opens up a whole new world for PLC programming."
One advantage of mxAutomation is that smaller companies can more easily adopt the technology because it increases usability and makes it easy to get started.
Kuka's robot in this case is fully integrated with the Siemens control system.
"It means that the operator gets a total overview of the robot because everything is on the same screen," says Jerker Åkesson, account manager at Siemens. "It's possible to programme the robot directly from the lathe and you don't need to learn Kuka's robot technology, you only need to use Sinumerik."