Dashboard Grasping

Problems:
Automobile instrument panel is an important part of automobile interior. The modeling part of this part is complex. The surface of many products is also textured which cannot be picked out by vacuum cups. And there is also one bumper in this project that has to be picked out from cavity side. At present, it is a common problem to take parts of automobile plastic parts from cavity side.

How to use GIMATIC products solve them?
GIMATIC components are standardized products, which can be made into the most suitable shape according to the modeling of products. When the surface is textured, we can use OFR gripper at the edge of the product and cooperate with the front suction cup to hold the product out. In this case, even if the suction cup is not vaccumized, the product can be taken out smoothly. As for the problem of taking parts from cavity side, we will describe it separately in another Case.

Bumper Fixed Mold Part Picking

Problems:
This project is to produce a series of interior and exterior decoration products for BMW’s new car. Among them, six products are front and rear bumpers of automobiles. Taking part from cavity side is a common difficulty for bumper which the demoulding force is very large, and the product is easily scratched.

How to use GIMATIC products solve them?
We used round aluminum pipes to build the frame of the EOAT which equipped with various clamping legs with a diameter of 30 or 20 mm. This ensures that the positions of all gripper can be adjusted universally. GIMATIC’s ZJ series products which Large clamping force, adjustable double stroke cylinder and simplified structure are very suitable for taking out from cavity side. GN series together with various large suction cups, has played a very good supporting role for the whole bumper.

High Precision Picking & Cutting EOAT

Problems:
There are many sprues on each product, and the maximum number is 12 pieces. After picking out, sprues need to be cut on the same time. The shearing accuracy is 0.1mm.
 
How to use GIMATIC products solve them?
We use GIMATIC’s standard parts OFR to clamp products and support by 3D print part. The 3D printing part makes accurate profiling and positioning for the product shape, and the flocking surface on the 3D printing part effectively protects the high gloss surface of the product from scratches. There is soft pad on the gripper which protect the product surface. By this way, it can be ensured that the product will not change after the product is taken out.

TIKI SAFETY AB

The customer Chiesa Artorige s.r.l. GIT000424 is a manufacturer of die-cutting machines with over 60 years of experience in the market.

To try to differentiate themselves from the competition, they thought of integrating an automatic unloading exhaust system on the machine, this with a view to making the machine faster and more precise, but also to protect the operator from the monotonous work of unloading the machine.

The challenge was to create a system with multiple gripping points that could be activated or deactivated in compartments to ensure the grip of different formats. These are gripping tools that manage to handle up to 5 different sizes each.

The gripping elements are made up of Gimatic EMF-2525 profiles on which compensated suction cup suspensions and flat silicone suction cups have been applied. To frame the gripping hand there is a VSX1435 push system that allows to help the detachment of the cut product by separating it from the scrap during the picking phase.

The gripping hands have been equipped with a QC150 quick changer system, this allows you to change tools in a few seconds, ensuring continuity of pneumatic wiring between the robot side and the tool side.

For this project, we collaborated 360 ° with the customer, first of all providing a technical visit that allowed us to collect all the data that were used by the design office to develop the final product, in addition, the hands of the robot were completely assembled and wired by our technicians in order to supply a turnkey product that the customer only had to install on the robot wrist.

We have managed to fully satisfy the customer’s needs.

CHIESA ARTORIGE s.r.l.

The customer Chiesa Artorige s.r.l. GIT000424 is a manufacturer of die-cutting machines with over 60 years of experience in the market.

To try to differentiate themselves from the competition, they thought of integrating an automatic unloading exhaust system on the machine, this with a view to making the machine faster and more precise, but also to protect the operator from the monotonous work of unloading the machine.

The challenge was to create a system with multiple gripping points that could be activated or deactivated in compartments to ensure the grip of different formats. These are gripping tools that manage to handle up to 5 different sizes each.

The gripping elements are made up of Gimatic EMF-2525 profiles on which compensated suction cup suspensions and flat silicone suction cups have been applied. To frame the gripping hand there is a VSX1435 push system that allows to help the detachment of the cut product by separating it from the scrap during the picking phase.

The gripping hands have been equipped with a QC150 quick changer system, this allows you to change tools in a few seconds, ensuring continuity of pneumatic wiring between the robot side and the tool side.

For this project, we collaborated 360 ° with the customer, first of all providing a technical visit that allowed us to collect all the data that were used by the design office to develop the final product, in addition, the hands of the robot were completely assembled and wired by our technicians in order to supply a turnkey product that the customer only had to install on the robot wrist.

We have managed to fully satisfy the customer’s needs.

ROBOTA

This new project was born from the idea of ​​a dentist living in Piemonte (northwest Italy) who, thanks to his skills in robotics, decided to design an automatic machine that could meet the cleaning and sterilization needs of the working tools that are used in his field. Robota steR; the first automated system in the world for a complete sterilization process, from the transport of the surgical instrument to the return of the same packaged and sterilized.
It is a new company that focuses on a very ambitious project given the variability of the components to be handled and the activities that a single gripping tool must carry out, from the handling of the tray full of tools to the handling of the single tool with a large variability of masses, dimensions and center of gravity.
The idea of ​​using a Gimatic gripper derives from the evaluation of some fundamental aspects to make handling as lean as possible; such as mass, ease of use, stroke and robustness of the guides.
After careful analysis, the best solution has been identified in our Mechatronics catalog characterized by a PLUG & PLAY mechanism that allows the use of a gripper with a reasonable stroke (MPLM2535) as a unique gripping tool matching all the requests deriving from the application and yet significantly simplifying the programming task.
The goal was to have a single flexible gripper that could be used to manipulate tools, vertical grip empty trays or full loaded trays behaving like a fork relying exclusively on the robustness of its guides and with a simple ON / OFF command without hundreds of different opening, closing and force programs. All these combined features have allowed Gimatic to contribute to the creation of a new and ambitious project, Robota steR.

Pilz 2020

GIMATIC and PILZ

The evolution of the industry goes through the collaboration of leading Companies that combine their best products to achieve innovative solutions and cover the real needs of factories With this goal, Pilz Spain and Portugal and Gimatic Iberia have started a cooperation to offer a robotic application with automatic tool change.

“This combination provides an interesting solution between a robot with high levels of security, strong and high performance with compact and flexible tools,” Javier Rodríguez, General Director of Gimatic Iberia, explains about the application.

Pilz Service Robotics Modules

One of the parts that includes the joint application is the one formed by the new Pilot Service Robotics Modules, which the expert company in safe automation has launched this year in Spain coinciding with Advanced Factories 2019. This set consists of a manipulator, a fully modular control module and control device. “Its main characteristics are flexibility, through the ROS software framework, as well as intuitive operation and speed of commissioning based on plug and play technology”, specifies the new product Toni Guasch, Robotics Competence Center Manager of the firm in Spain and Portugal.

The PRTM control module incorporates a management and visualization software developed by Pilz, which allows the robot to be operated through a graphical user interface. The panel offers the functions of operating mode selection, emergency stop and diagnosis, and simplifies the configuration and learning of the robotic arm through a touch display and independent buttons for manual control of the robot axes.

Thanks to these advantages, the robotic arm is programmable for all industrial and service environments, with a variety of operating and task requirements. Thus, the joint project with Gimatic “presents a real application of our new product, as soon as it reaches the Spanish market,” adds Guasch.

Magnetic tools with automatic Gimatic change

The change of tool is a usual operation in the industry, and therefore it is also the work of a robot in the workplace that an operator would perform. Ensuring that this automaton function is carried out with precision and efficiency is vital for high productivity.

This joint application has been adapted as a scoop a pneumatic automatic transmission with an interface designed by Gimatic Iberia and a warehouse with two tools, together with the fixing parts made with 3D printing. Thus, these automatic changes are designed to maximize the flexibility and reliability of the robot, combining robustness and high security in a compact and lightweight design. In addition, these features ensure that the arm can perform the operation continuously, for long periods of time, with precision and virtually no maintenance. The pneumatic change also includes permanent neodymium magnets, which maintain a very low residual magnetism, which makes them “safe because they do not change their magnetic state in case of leakage or loss of the pneumatic signal”, according to Rafael Ortega, responsible for Department of Mechatronic.

GIMATIC and MICROingranaggi

Robotics applications:

The coengineeering between MICROingranaggi and Gimatic’s technical office involved two solutions, two innovative products, which reached the highest levels of the technology and that integrate electric motors as well as gears positioned between the motor and the gripper.

The first product is an electric gripper fully compatible with collaborative robots.
It is a certified gripper for the pharmaceutical sector, which can also be used in other application contexts. The gripper has a long stroke and it is characterized by a wide opening of the fingers, which allows it to pick different objects, adapting to various needs.

The second product is an electric quick changer. It is an electric actuator that allows the robot to change the EOAT automatically by replacing it with one suitable for another type of application. It is the first electric actuator in the world for tool change, clean room certificated and certified for working with collaborative robots.

As happens for many of the projects followed by MICROingranaggi, it was a nice challenge that involved them from the earliest stages and that allowed them to move through unconventional solutions, such as the realization of some parts of the products used for Gimatic applications combining steel and technopolymers.

QBIT ROBOTICS

Qbit robotics it’s a robotic service provider, with collaborative robot and their interactive communication technology. QBIT Robotics Corporation provides robotics system integration and other related business services.