The main tasks of the Weckenmann robotic systems include an efficient and faultless shuttering process. In combination with shuttering magazines and a shuttering transport system, moreover, the robots are able to manage the shuttering profiles, what is particularly important in the production of solid elements using a wide range of shuttering systems. Not least, an optimum material flow of molds is ensured from the demolding up to the shuttering station of circulation systems.
The requirements of precast concrete manufacturers have kept developing since the invention and the initial commissioning about 25 years ago. Hence, adapting the robot technology to the respective requirements was a constant challenge for Weckenmann Anlagentechnik. The growing complexity of tasks, for example, the positioning of most various shuttering systems as well as mounting parts, required the permanent further development of the Weckenmann robotic systems in the past.
Increased productivity through the latest generation
Last year, Weckenmann brought the third generation of robots and magazine systems to the market. The new technology is already operating in several factories with success. This new development is the response to the growing requirements of the customers, which required the further development of the existing robotic and magazine systems. Precast factories of today, for instance, have to cope with much heavier molds and more complex shuttering systems.
Another challenge is due to the concentration of many tasks on just one work station. Moreover, the plant has to ensure higher movement speeds for a greater workload at consistent cycle times and thus an increased productivity with higher positioning accuracy simultaneously. The latest generation of shuttering robots meets all these increased requirements.
Advantages of the Weckenmann shuttering robots
The robot scans the formwork surface and disconnects the magnet connections of the shuttering profiles to be demolded. Afterwards, it places them on the formwork line that continues in the direction of the magazine or the shuttering robot. Respectively short cycle times are provided in interaction with the sophisticated magazine system. The robot takes the shuttering profiles from the shuttering transport and passes them on to either the shuttering robot or stores the molds in or retrieves them from the magazine.