AUTOMATE CHALLENGING ASSEMBLY PROCESSES WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGYAdvances in automation control technology are allowing robots to complete complicated assembly processes where previously incapable. For over 40 years, Kawasaki has been improving technology to meet the high demand of assembly applications.
ACHIEVE GREATER THROUGHPUT WITH HIGH SPEEDThe demand for cleanroom automation solutions is increasing at a rapid rate with the growth of both the medical and consumer electronics industries. The microchips that control consumer devices are all cut from a delicate silicon wafer that is handled by specially designed robots in a cleanroom environment. Robots used in certain medical and pharmaceutical applications require conformance to cleanroom standards while achieving great speed and repeatability. Kawasaki offers technology to solve today's challenges in cleanroom applications.
INCREASE PRODUCTION VOLUME & QUALITYArc welding is a joining process that uses large electric current to melt and fuse a consumable metal onto the base metal. Arc welding and other related processes are used extensively throughout transportation, construction, and industrial equipment manufacturing. For over four decades, Kawasaki has been developing new metal fabrication processes that lead to improvements in arc welding technology, techniques, and quality.
ENERGY SAVINGS FOR LIGHTWEIGHT ALLOY JOININGThe increasing demand for high-strength aluminum alloys as an engineering material prompted Kawasaki to develop an efficient method for joining aluminum, magnesium, and other lightweight materials. Friction spot joining (FSJ) is a process that uses force and high speed rotation to generate friction that joins two or more sheets of material in a matter of seconds. To best suit application and flexibility needs, the Kawasaki FSJ system is offered in both stationary and robotic configurations. The Kawasaki FSJ robot system uses a Kawasaki robot equipped with a dual servo motor FSJ gun that can be manipulated similar to a spot welding gun to join materials.
REDUCE MACHINE OVERHEAD TIMEMachine tending can be a simple, automated process of handling product to accommodate a machining process. However, reducing cycle time is crucial because tending a machine is not adding value to the product. Kawasaki is continually developing products to reduce cycle time and offer greater automation flexibility.
REDUCE LABOR COSTS WITH AUTOMATIONMaterial handling (MH) makes use of the robot's simple capability to transport objects. By fitting the robot with an appropriate end of arm tool (e.g. gripper), the robot can efficiently and accurately move product from one location to another. Kawasaki offers both products and services to solve a wide variety of material handling challenges.
INCREASE PRODUCT QUALITY WITH AUTOMATED MATERIAL REMOVALAutomated material removal applications include polishing, grinding, trimming, cutting, and deburring to only name a few. These processes are challenging due to motion and positioning requirements, tool wear error, and force control. Kawasaki has developed software options to solve many of the challenges with material removal applications.
ACHIEVE THE PROCESS CONTROL AND PAINT QUALITY YOUR CUSTOMERS EXPECTAutomated painting applications require specialized equipment in order to achieve accurate and consistent paint finish quality. This specialized equipment includes an explosion-proof robot arm, spray applicator/bell, gear pumps, color change manifolds, solenoid valves, transducers and pressure regulators, to name a few. Kawasaki provides a variety of technologies to solve the challenges associated with achieving consistently premium paint finish quality.
PRODUCT FLEXIBILITY REDUCES PROCESS CHANGE COSTSPalletizing is a demanding application of stacking boxes, bags, cases, bottles, and cartons onto pallets as the last step in the assembly line before being loaded onto a shipping truck. Pallet pattern flexibility, tooling flexibility, and cycle time are three major challenges of automated palletizing in today's industry. Kawasaki palletizing systems offer solutions to each of these palletizing challenges.
GET ACCURATE AND CONSISTENT APPLICATION OF MATERIALRobots are becoming a new standard for dispensing applications due to their ability to follow an accurate path and apply a uniform coat of liquid material. Robots work with material pumps, regulators, and dispensing guns to apply a material such as sealant, adhesive, or washing solution to a stationary or moving part. Kawasaki has significant experience in dispensing applications, particularly in demanding automotive environments.
REDUCE CYCLE TIME BY 20% WITH GREATER SPOT CONTROLSpot welding is a resistance welding process that uses large electrical current to join two or more sheets of metal in a single location. Spot welding technology has evolved through its extensive use in automobile manufacturing using articulated robots. Kawasaki is pushing the envelope by developing spot welding automation that offers through arm cable routing, reduces cycle time, allows greater control, and reduces cost.