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PRIMUS 14 for pick-and-place applications.
PRIMUS 14 for pick-and-place applications.
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2017 has been a highly successful year for the WITTMANN Group’s robot business, with the company’s robot segment reached a new record in sales. A total of 5,000 robots were shipped from the four existing robot plants of the WITTMANN Group in Europe, China and the US.

Even though the production capacities at the robot manufacturing plants in Mosonmagyaróvár (Hungary) and at the Austrian headquarters in Vienna were extended substantially during the last two years, these capacities were fully utilized throughout the year 2017, according to WITTMANN.

Parallel to the increased demand for standard robots, the demand for automation solutions has also grown. In order to provide additional capacities for automation and gripper systems, the extensions of the production facilities in Nuremberg, Germany and in Písek, Czech Republic are currently under way, says WITTMANN.

In addition, the extension of the automation segment in the US was already completed in 2016 and ran to full capacity in the following year. Moreover, the automation department of the WITTMANN Group’s Indian subsidiary was also extended last year.

Product innovations on track

The WITTMANN Group also brought about numerous innovations on the product side in last year.

Two new appliances were introduced in the PRIMUS robot series, i.e. PRIMUS 14 and PRIMUS 16. These new robot models have been optimized for standard pick-and-place applications and recommend themselves by their excellent price-performance ratio.

Another new model is the W853 pro robot. With its 45 kg payload, it takes up the position between the W843 pro with 35 kg and the W863 pro with 75 kg payload. Its innovative rotating servo axes come with an even more compact design, thus minimizing the mold opening stroke to achieve even shorter parts removal times.

With the R9 robot control system, which offers numerous new functions, a very special new development has been launched. This control system stands out by its integrated digital robot twin functionality, which is available as standard. This is an identical digital image (or simulation) of the physical robot. It enables virtual validation of a given programmed process at any time – without any risks for the actual processing machine or the robot.

And although the display screen of the new R9 TeachBox has now been enlarged to a diagonal of 10.1", its weight has been reduced by 150 g compared to the predecessor model, which improves ergonomics and contributes to fatigue-free work.

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