【VIDEO】YIZUMI：Co-robot and additive manufacturing technology to enter the field of die casting
In the traditional die casting manufacturing process, how can additive manufacturing technology (3D printing) be used? What kind of application scenarios does the collaborative robot have? At China DieCasting 2019, Yizumi showed new possibilities to the die casting industry. Two new products from Europe, the SpaceA Flexible Additive Manufacturing System and the Franka Collaboration Robot, will enter the field of die casting. Mr. Richard Yan, the managing director of Yizumi, was interviewed by the reporter to introduce how Yizumi will promote the technical docking of China and Europe in the field of die casting, and explore the future in the field of automation.
Q:Yizumi proposed "connecting China and Europe" in terms of technology development. Please introduce how will Yizumi promote that in the die casting machine business unit this year?
Three years ago, Yizumi invited the industrial technology giant Dr.Wobbe to join, which opened the window connecting China and European technologies. In the past three years, the transformation of the solution in the field of polymer molding proved that the technological connection has produced good results. In the field of die casting and metal forming, Yizumi used to focus on the main equipment, and its production and sales ranks among the top two in the world. Where is the future development path? It must be connected with more global frontier technologies to better develop the future. At present, the most cutting-edge technology in the field of die casting is undoubtedly from Europe, especially Germany, so we invited European die casting industry expert Stefan Fritsche to join. This is not just a matter of one person. He will also introduce different technology companies and technical experts from Europe and Germany. They are not only the main machine, but also experts in processes and mold design. We hope that by connecting and cooperating with European technology, we will provide customers with the most advanced solutions in the field of die casting, creating more value for customers.
Q: The show also featured two new products from Europe: SpaceA Flexible Additive Manufacturing System and Franka Collaboration Robot. Please tell us how the new products will be introduced to Chinese market?
In the past, both polymer materials and aluminum-magnesium alloy materials were molded by molds. Now the manufacturing industry is aimed at individualized small-volume production, and research is being carried out using additive manufacturing technology (3D printing). The SpaceA flexible additive manufacturing system we exhibited on site was about the molding of polymer materials. Why is it exhibited at the Die Casting Exhibition? We hope that some die-casting manufacturers can consider adding polymer materials when making samples, which can provide them with faster and more cost-effective sample printing solutions. In addition, the future automation development is more about human-machine interaction. For example, in the same scene/production line, robots interact with manual operations and work together. This is a friendly, efficient and intelligent scene. The Franka collaborative robot was born for this. It does not need to work in an enclosed environment like traditional industrial robots, and can interact with people completely. And the task setting is very simple, just like we use a smart phone, the production line workers can directly operate after training, easy to use.
Q: What are the application scenarios of Franka collaborative robots in the field of die casting?
At present, Franka collaborative robots are used in the process of grinding, deburring, assembly and testing of die castings. Now it has a grip capacity of 3 kg. When it develops to 5 or 10 kg in the future, it can cooperate with the die-casting machine to achieve more possibilities. In addition, we are discussing with the die casting customer that one of the scenes is the locking screw process when the die casting is assembled. Do not look at this process is very common, but to achieve automation is not simple, you can feel the screw position is corrected by manual operation, but for the industrial robot, the operation placement is not necessarily accurate, and the accuracy of the manual cannot be achieved, and even errors and malfunctions may occur. The Franka Collaboration Robot has a very intelligent adaptive force that can simulate the right hand to find the right lock screw. We are conducting related research and hope that future research results can provide a total solution for die-casting customers.