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KUKA at K 2016: ready-to-use solutions for the plastics industry
Short life cycles and component complexity require flexibility
Hardly any other industry is characterized by such short product life cycles as the plastics industry. Products and model series are modified even after just a few months. Automation solutions for production must pay for themselves quickly or be designed so that they can be used for the next model series. At the same time, the complexity of the plastic components and the degree of functional integration is constantly increasing. Manufacturers cover an increasing variety of models and efficiently compensate for fluctuations in production batch size. This requires a high degree of flexibility. The increasing demands for flexibility and efficiency are the main drivers of Industrie 4.0. Here, becoming more flexible means being able to react more quickly, individually and adaptively – ideally with automatic and IT-based processes.
Development in close cooperation with system partners
As a consequence, the plastics industry demands solutions and applications that are designed for immediate use and which are simple to operate and integrate. This is why KUKA, along with several system partners, has developed so-called ready-to-use solutions, which are to be on display at K 2016. The system partners play a central role in the strategic orientation and definition of solution packages. “We can only define and achieve the added value in collaboration with our customers – with the ready-to-use solutions tailored to the plastics industry,” emphasizes Philipp Kremer, Market Segment Manager for Plastics at KUKA Roboter GmbH.
Ready-to-use: with simple operator control and integration
The ready-to-use solutions on display at the trade fair booth of KUKA and its system partners represent an intelligent combination of KUKA robots, supplementary KUKA products such as KUKA application software and additional, essential third-party components. With offerings ranging from just a robot and software option to a combination of a robot with a tool and software and through to a fully equipped robot with a tool, cabling, process controller and technology software – no matter your automation experience, KUKA and its system partners can put together the right package for you. The ready-to-use solutions are specifically tailored to applications in the plastics industry and can therefore be used “out of the box”.
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