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Permanent Mold Casting with Robots

 

Permanent mold casting is a metal casting process; commonly used casting metals are aluminum, magnesium, and copper alloys. KUKA robots are proven to be able to take the heat in the foundry and forging industries.  They are an ideal choice for permanent mold casting.  The KUKA KR 30-3 F robot has a 30 kg payload and a work envelope of 2033 mm.  The sixth axis of the robot can be programmed to control the swivel actuator of the hot ladle in the pouring process.

mold castingC.M.H. Manufacturing chose KUKA to provide robots for its casting total work cell.  The casting cell will complete multiple casting tasks like furnace and casting tending, sawing, sanding, milling, drilling, inspection, and machining.  This is a total work cell concept, and it allows a part to develop from liquid metal to a finished part without exposing human workers to hazardous conditions.

For foundry applications such as permanent mold casting, KUKA robots are easy to use and allow close cooperation with a human operator.  The KUKA Smart GUI user interface reduces training and programming requirements, and the KR C2 robot controller allows the simultaneous operation of several axes.

The KUKA ProtectionPlus package guards the robot against heat, humidity, and cleaning agents, ensuring high performance even in rough working conditions. 

RobotWorx is a certified integrator for KUKA, Motoman, FANUC, Universal Robots, and ABB industrial robots, which include mold casting robots.  If you are interested in this type of robot, or a similar application, contact us online or at 740-251-4312.