With the aim providing independence from the availability of personnel, together with Project Service & Produktion GmbH, Kranenburg/Germany, its engineering sister company, Project Automation will successively provide Saurer Technologies with more than 60 AGV/cobot all-in-one solutions. Saurer will initially deploy the solutions for automated restocking of cabling machines in the USA. The automated guided vehicles (AGVs) were developed in collaboration with Saurer Technologies GmbH & Co. KG, Krefeld/Germany, and are being built in Germany.
The AGVs, each with a load capacity of up to 1,500 kg, were developed by Project Automation & Consulting GmbH, Kranenburg, in collaboration with Saurer. They are all equipped with a magazine and a control system in which a KR1018 cobot from Kassow Robots, Copenhagen/Denmark, has been integrated. This lightweight cobot is easy to operate, highly versatile, thanks to its 7 axes, and can lift up to 18 kg. The cobot was mounted on a linear axis and can restock the cabling machines at different heights even in small spaces.
The heavy bobbins were previously replaced by hand. The AGV/cobot all-in-one solution will now look after this task. In addition to not being dependent on the availability of personnel, the solution also offers quality benefits: Material tracking is possible, material mix-ups are avoided, and bobbin quality is maximized thanks to gentle handling.