Lantek, the multinational pioneer in the digital transformation of the sheet metal and metal industrial sector, has announced a collaboration agreement with Euromac, an Italian worldwide supplier of machines for working with sheet metal including CNC Punching, Bending, and automated systems for sheet metal.
The agreement reached by both companies enables control of the “sorting cell” programmed with one of the most cutting-edge robots on the market, the Kuka KR 10, using two punching solutions from Lantek: Lantek Expert PUNCH-PLUS and Lantek Stackmaster. Combined, these solutions enable the automation of the discharge line for parts and their subsequent palletization and storage.
Lantek software solutions are responsible for the whole process, which starts with programming the punching machine. Once this task is complete, the machine unloads the parts through a hatch. The parts pass along a conveyor belt until they reach an artificial vision table where a camera is used to detect the position in which the part has fallen. The Lantek software also controls the activation of the suction cups of the robot to pick up the parts and in which position. It then positions the robot so that it can pick them up while telling it the shape of the part to detect the rotation and the place where it should be loaded on the pallet.
The full control of the punching and palletizing process makes it possible to automate the whole production cycle for large volumes of parts, allowing production to be completely unattended. "The close collaboration initiated between Euromac and Lantek implies a significant step forward towards the full automation of the punching lines and the subsequent palletization of the parts. By using state-of-the-art technology, such as artificial vision or robots, we can maximize production speed and flexibility while improving workers’ conditions and safety," states Francisco Pérez, director of the OEMs channel at Lantek.
On his part, the Sales Manager at Euromac, Ferrán Villanueva, highlighted the importance of this collaboration. “For us, this is a great opportunity to use Lantek software for the Kuka KR 10, which will allow us to optimize the processes, reduce times, and achieve an efficient operation while guaranteeing the highest quality and tightest response times from this robot, one of the most cutting-edge on the market,” concludes Villanueva.
About Lantek Sheet Metal Solutions
Lantek is a multinational leading the digital transformation of companies in the sheet metal and metal industry. With its patented manufacturing intelligence software, it enables factories to be connected, turning them into Smart Factories. It rounds off its range of services with CAD, CAM, MES, and ERP solutions for companies that manufacture metal parts from sheet metal, tubes, and profiles using any cutting technology (laser, plasma, oxycut, waterjet, shearing and punching). Lantek’s U.S. Headquarters are in Mason, OH.
Founded in 1986 in the Basque Country (Spain), one of the main European hubs of machine tool development, Lantek enables the integration of sheet metal and metal processing technologies using the most advanced manufacturing management software. The company is currently the outstanding leader in its sector thanks to its capacity for innovation and commitment to internationalization. With more than 23,700 customers in over 100 countries and 20 offices in 14 countries, it has an extensive network of distributors with an international presence. In 2019, its international business contributed to 86% of its revenue.
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