KUKA welding robots provide precision to the textile industry

Jul 9, 2013

KUKA robotics has an excellent assortment of welding robots for industries such as the automotive and aerospace industries. KUKA welders help to bring accuracy, precision, and balance during the manufacturing process.


While KUKA weld­ing robots are a for­mi­da­ble force in areas like the auto­mo­tive and aero­space indus­tries, they are also put to good use in oth­er not eas­i­ly thought of areas, like the tex­tile indus­try. One tex­tile machine man­u­fac­tur­er, Trutzschler, has shown that KUKA welders play a key part of their production.

The pro­duc­tion of rotary drums requires extreme accu­ra­cy and pre­ci­sion to get the bal­ance of the piece cor­rect. These drums, made of sol­id steel plates, have to meet extreme­ly high tol­er­ances and rota­tion speeds. With the help of a KUKA weld­ing robot, the KR 6, this lev­el of accu­ra­cy is achieved.

The large rotary drums that the KUKA KR 6 welds have a diam­e­ter of 1200mm with a thick­ness of 22mm, while the small­er drums are a lit­tle more than half that size. When the KUKA weld­ing robot is in oper­a­tion dur­ing a cycle, it welds up to 8.5m of seams on the large drum, and 4.3 of seams on small­er drums. This cycle process takes about 14 – 26 min­utes, depend­ing on the size of the drum. These welds have to be uni­form and accu­rate, along with being per­fect­ly bal­anced. This is why KUKA weld­ing robot­ics are a must for the application.

The KUKA weld­ing process is extreme­ly pro­duc­tive. Dur­ing a sin­gle shift, the KUKA welder can make up to eight sets of two drums. The weld­ing robot is user-friend­ly and has the ver­sa­til­i­ty to run sev­er­al weld­ing pro­grams for dif­fer­ent parts, using sensors.

Down­time has been decreased dur­ing the pro­duc­tion of the drums as well. The KUKA KR6 welder doesn’t need breaks or lunch­es. It doesn’t need days off or to go home after an 8 – 10 hour work­day. In the­o­ry, the KUKA weld­ing robot could run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduces pro­duc­tion and labor costs for the tex­tile manufacturer.

Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor of KUKA weld­ing robot­ics, has an entire array of KUKA welders avail­able for pur­chase and cus­tomiza­tion. Whether you want a sin­gle weld­ing robot, or a KUKA weld­ing robot in work­cell sys­tem, Robots​.com can design some­thing to meet your application’s unique automa­tion needs.

For more infor­ma­tion on automat­ing your weld­ing process with KUKA weld­ing robot­ics, con­tact Robots​.com today online or at 8777626881.

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