Modern assembly workstations from RK Rose+Krieger can be configured to suit the specific task and are easy to re-equip for new jobs. For even greater flexibility, assistance modules are available to provide operators with support in a variety of ways – and that means higher product quality.
RK Rose+Krieger supplies a total of three different assistance systems, and the assembly workstations can also be equipped with cobots. The most appropriate solution depends on the type of use. A Setago pick to light system, for example, ensures that the operator always assembles the correct components in the right order. The system is remarkably simple to install and commission. New operators are guided by pick to light sensors, images and videos, enabling them to work productively and error-free in no time at all.
The poka-yoke system uses flap control to prevent errors. A shutter on the material box opens, in addition to the light signal. This ensures that the operator can only select the right part for the assembly task and in the correct order. The checkback signal can be either automatic or manual. The PLC-based controller allows customised integration into existing control systems and virtually unlimited expansion of assembly processes on the workstations. For example, the modular system can be retrofitted on existing workstations. In addition to use in sheltered workshops, there are numerous other possible applications.
The cognitive assistance system"Smart Klaus" supports the operator with intelligent image detection and processing. It guides him or her through the individual assembly steps, checks the position of the parts and their correct assembly, indicates any errors and thus actively assures the quality of the manufactured assemblies.
Assembly workstations can be equipped with small collaborative robots, or cobots for short, to relieve the operator from monotonous, physically strenuous or dangerous tasks. They work together with the human operator by, for example, handing him or her materials or depositing finished parts. The cobots are steered manually during the "teach-in" so that they can learn these work steps, which they then perform automatically. In this way, critical or dangerous processes can be automated and thus the risk to employees is removed.
Implementing assembly workstations that ensure safe and reliable processes and human-machine interaction requires a wide range of expertise in mechanical and electronic engineering and software solutions. RK Rose+Krieger therefore provides customers with professional support for configuring customised, ergonomic manual workstations, perfectly tailored to the specific area of use.