Today, robots are very commonly used in industry. Robotics is one of the cornerstones of Industry 4.0. In the SmartFactory of the future, flexible use and the fast adaptation of machines will be decisive for success. 

This and other requirements, such as high availability, inhumane working environments, high precision and repetitive accuracy, can best be achieved by robot technology. 

A unique feature of robots is their ability to collaborate safely with humans. Completely new solutions can be developed with the recent generation of collaborating robots. Now humans and robots can work “shoulder to shoulder“. 


Robot Palletizing

Packaging or Unpackaging • Fast • Strong • Reliable • Tireless 


Palletizing can easily be carried out over multiple infeeding conveyors or palletizing zones, as well as with various containers like crates or cardboard boxes. 

A built-in bar code scanner enables clear identification of pallets and goods. 

It is possible to grip different pallet formats and multiple transport units at a time. The empty pallets as well as intermediate pallets are handled automatically. 

The technology can be fully integrated into the existing pallet and box conveyor system. 


Gripper Types

Universal Grippers • Magnetic Grippers • Box Grippers 

Complete Palletizing Cell 

Example Solution:


Technical Specifications 

  • Palletizing robot with base and box gripper 
  • Up to 10 cycles / minute depending on box type and palletizing pattern 
  • Box size of L300 * W200 * H80 mm to L300 * W400 * H300 mm 
  • Stacking height up to 1600mm 
  • Box weight 1 to 20kg
  • 3 box types and 3 palletizing patterns 
  • Centering stop for europalett 
  • Safety barriers with security doors 
  • I/O interface for connection to on-site box conveyor technology 
  • Control cabinet with touchscreen and control panel 
  • Line supervising computer including parameter and alarm management, manual operation 
  • Space required approx. 3 * 3 * 3 m 

Bin-Picking Robot & Separation

Detects • Arranges • Adjusts • Calculates • Plans • Grips• Supplies 


Bin Picking  

Bulk material goods are registered with a high-resolution optical method. Thus obtained information about the location and position of the workpieces is transmitted to a robot. The integrated path calculation module considers gripping points and interfering edges. 

The main advantage of this solution is the rationalization of processes. An increase in autonomy time can be achieved at low costs and space requirements. In addition, camera measurement ensures an exact setting down of parts. Besides, targeted bin-picking does not cause any significant noise. 


Sorting 

Regardless of how workpieces are conveyed, the robot recognizes their position and character with an integrated camera system. 

The positioning and measurement of the objects is carried out with a high-resolution industrial camera. The robot is used to pick up and align the workpieces. 

As an example, the infeed of machine tools could be executed completely automatically using this method. 

Application Video Bin Picking



Robot & Machine

Loading • Unloading • Inspection 


Machines can be linked with a robot that fully automatically supplies production machines or conveyors. The robot can be used bidirectionally to deliver, as well as remove material during the production process. While the material is filled into transport containers, a production check is carried out automatically using a camera. 


Pick & Place Robot

Small • Precise • Fast


SCARA robots and camera systems are used in Pick & Place solutions. SCARA robots fulfill the highest standards of precision and speed. As the fastest of their class, they master the most complex tasks even in very confined spaces. They are therefore the first choice when it comes to quick handling of small components. 

Applications

  • Highspeed Pick & Place 
  • Precision assembly 
  • Materials handling 
  • Packaging 

Technical Specifications 

  • Range of 600 to 800 mm 
  • High resolution camera system 
  • PC-based image processing and data input by master computer 
  • Transmitted light illumination integrated in the conveyor 
  • High accuracy location and position determination of parts 
  • Quality inspection of parts 

Robots & Humans

Cautious • Sensitive • Precise • Safe • Collaborative 


Sensitive, collaborative lightweight robots such as the LBR IIWA allow people and robots to work hand in hand. The intelligent assistant (digital colleague) opens up a variety of possibilities to clear out work areas or to automate repetitive manual work. The sensitivity of the robot breaks the barrier between man and machine and makes cooperation possible without safety enclosures. 

To ensure safe collaboration, special rules have been put in place for collaborating robots. They are defined in the ISO standard (TS 15066). For example, the device for gripping must be collaborative as well. In addition, system integrators use risk assessment to determine whether the critical values can be complied with in case of accidental contact. 


Autonomous Transport Robots

Autonomous • Flexible • Reliable


Eberle’s driverless transport solutions can be integrated into existing infrastructures. 

Transport tasks are solved in intralogistics using autonomously navigating transport robots and a higher-level management system. Application possibilities are diverse and include tasks from warehouse logistics to automated machine chaining. The internal transport of goods can be organized even in extensive production facilities and plants. 

Intelligent sensor technology and computer-assisted autonomous navigation ensure that the transport robot moves safely through ongoing production. If the transport robot comes up against an obstacle, it recognizes this and independently looks for an alternative route. Desired routes and trafficable areas can be specified within the software. Transporters can overcome structural obstacles such as gates, doors and elevators. Authorization to go through passageways or request elevators is passed down to the transport robot from higher-level control systems. 

Transport robots can be used even more flexibly through the use of fleet management. Here, the transport orders are sent to a control system which organizes the automated transport from point A to point B. 

Technical Data of a Mobile Transport Robot (example) 

  • Load capacity up to 60 or 90 kg 
  • Battery with 60Ah for an average runtime of up to 13 hours 
  • Max speed 1800mm / s 
  • Integrated voice and audio output 

Application Video Driverless Transport Solution (FTL)