Manufacturing of wood products gains efficiency with robotic cells

Wood-product manufacturing will be more efficient after Kuka Robotics Corp., a global manufacturer of industrial robots, signed Les Machineries AutomaTech Inc. of Quebec, Canada, as its newest system partner. Les Machineries AutomaTech, an engineering consulting firm specializing in industrial automation, plans on integrating Kuka Robots into wood product manufacturing application cells to increase efficiencies at small- and medium-sized manufacturers.

06/08/2006


Wood-product manufacturing will be more efficient after Kuka Robotics Corp ., a global manufacturer of industrial robots, signed Les Machineries AutomaTech Inc . of Quebec, Canada, as its newest system partner. Les Machineries AutomaTech, an engineering consulting firm specializing in industrial automation, plans on integrating Kuka Robots into wood product manufacturing application cells to increase efficiencies at small- and medium-sized manufacturers.

"We are excited about our partnership with Les Machineries AutomaTech and their plans to develop application cells for the wood product manufacturing industry," said Kevin Kozuszek director of marketing for Kuka Robotics. "Inherent flexibility of our robots lends itself beautifully to the needs of these small and medium manufacturers of wood products." Louis Bergeron, president of les Machineries AutomaTech, says he likes Kuka for quality, support, and service.

Les Machineries AutomaTech does robotic and automated system design, industrial equipment design, modification, upgrades, and software development. Efforts include custom real-time information systems that link the office and production floor. Customers, in wood transformation, foundry, and other industries, often seek help to integrate mechanical, electrical, robotic, and computer systems in a project, the company says.

Kuka Robotics, with annual production near 10,000 units, and an installed base of over 60,000 units, offers 5- and 6-axis robots for 3-570 kg payloads and 635-3,700 mm reach, with a common PC-based controller platform.

—Edited by Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering editor in chief,
MHoske@cfemedia.com





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