Wadcon has developed in cooperation with its sister company Habeload, material handling robots for industrial handling application. The lower precision in comparison to an industrial process robot is offset in competitive pricing and huge reach. This application shows a fully automated system that serves a stock of rolls of material for production that are automatically offered and loaded to a series of 26 production machines.
The robot has a reach of 18 m x 8 m and a payload of 250 kg. A later version includes a separate tool to remove empty rolls. The unwinder loaded by the robot starts the production process. . The continuous robot service of the machine allows a 24/7 production. As soon as an unwinder is running low, the system receives a signal to select, pick up and prepare a fresh roll from the stock ready to fit to the unwinder. A vision system supports accurate pairing of the robot tooling to the unwinder shaft. A 90-degree roll handling tool assures the roll to be loaded with its shaft vertical from the stock and turned to a horizontal position for the unwinder.
The association of this type of machine with a automated stock would be a typical application for this robot series. Solutions are available for 250, 500 and 1000 kg payload.