The KS PULSE system features linear synchronous motors to transport automotive body components through the individual workstations of an automated assembly line quickly and safely, claims Kuka. The company says the system features low susceptibility to faults due to the small number of moving parts.
The main element of the transport system is a carrier. Using various transport platforms, called skids, this carrier transports the individual body components through the assembly line. Kuka says the skids are interchangeable in terms of cycle time, allowing multiple models to be produced on one line; also additional components such as turntables or buffer stations can be integrated into the PULSE system.
Carrier control (moving to the individual stations as well as collision protection) is carried out via software and the company says no further sensors are required for precise positioning to plus/minus 0.1mm.