Robots shape the industrial vision 4.0 - but they are only able to implement their complex tasks when they learn to grasp. It is precisely these highly complex functions that TRAPO AG, which specializes in automation technology, develops, manufactures and programs for key industries of the future. In its 60th anniversary year, the company from Gescher-Hochmoor in Westphalia impressed the international trade public at interpack with a live interaction on the top topic of human-robot interaction (HRI). "The fair balance is extremely positive, sees itself Jrg Thomas, selling director of the TRAPO AG, owing to numerous, concrete inquiries also international enterprises confirmed.
Robots with multifunctional or single-movement grippers act impressively fast, extremely precise and exceptionally strong – some lift several tons of weight, others impress with exceptional sensitivity.
The perfect automation solutions from TRAPO AG are as multifaceted as the packaging solutions from different industries.
The company reliably answers the special challenges within the logistics centres:
- limited space conditions
- Variations in surface finish, volume and weight of the packages to be gripped.
- High gripping times for economical automation solutions
Automated packaging machines combine the advantages of current drive technology, robotics and functional safety as well as image processing and IT networking.
TRAPO AG optimally exploits the special capabilities of man and machine within production. Thus, within the framework of Vision 4.0, the safe cooperation between man and robot was perfected. Presented at interpack: Robots, whose range of action was previously limited to special safety zones, on mobile tool trolleys that can be docked to manual workstations as required. These assistance robots detect people and grip "hand in hand" – without representing a risk of injury.
Two robots were in dialogue with the trade fair audience. In a safety zone, a robot demonstrated the palletizing and depalletizing competence of cartons, buckets and KLT containers to perfection. The material to be conveyed was taken from an industrial pallet and placed on conveyor technology with 24V storage spaces. The buckets were stopped by a lock in a roller conveyor, fixed and then palletised again. A transfer unit ejected cartons and crates, centered them and then made them ready again for palletizing.
A second, smaller robot, installed on a traversing unit, initially operated within a safety fence area in order to pick up a breakfast box from the large robot. With this he left the safety zone and drove to his workplace outside the safety fence in order to load this can individually – according to the order of the trade fair visitor – with precious food salts and recipes.
Each visitor – accompanied by a member of the TRAPO team – can give the command to load the can via a touch panel.
With this unusual give-away – TRAPO AG as a specialist for conveyor technology, robot systems and automation demonstrated logistics competence "Made in Germany".
A further highlight at interpack was the 24-volt technology for safe handling of goods weighing up to 200 kg: the trend-setting TRAPO technology in roller conveyors provides heavy performance: energy-saving, economical, easy to handle and ideal for a wide variety of goods.
TRAPO AG's range of products and services has contributed significantly to the clear differentiation of the specialist for conveyor technology, robot systems and automation from the competition – the interest of the trade fair audience was correspondingly high.