Lantek software will be used to control automated installations involving Euromac equipment, with a sorting cell serving a CNC punch press instanced as the example. A sorting cell built around a Kuka KR 10 robot employs two punching solutions from Lantek - Lantek Expert PUNCH-PLUS and Lantek Stackmaster, automating the unloading of parts and their subsequent palletisation and storage.

The two Lantek software solutions are responsible for the whole process, which starts with programming the CNC punch press. During the punching process, the machine ejects/unloads the parts through a hatch. The parts then pass along a conveyer belt to an AI vision table where a camera detects the orientation of the fallen part. The Lantek software uses this information about the shape and orientation of the part to control the robot’s suction cups positioning and activating them to pick up each part. The robot finishes by rotating and placing the part in its correct location on the storage pallet. Automated production of the whole production cycle for large volumes of parts allows for unattended running.

Says Euromac sales manager Ferrán Villanueva: “For us, this is a great opportunity to use Lantek software for the Kuka KR 10. It will allow us to optimise the processes, reduce times and achieve efficient operation, guaranteeing the highest quality and tightest response times from this robot, one of the most cutting-edge on the market.”

Francisco Pérez, director of the OEMs channel at Lantek, adds: "The close collaboration between Euromac and Lantek is a significant step forward towards the full process automation of punching lines and the subsequent palletisation of the parts, using state-of-the-art technology such as artificial vision systems and robots. This technology maximizes production speed and flexibility and improves workers' conditions and safety.”