- Automotive Research & Test
Kistler's new NCFR Joining Module was honored with the 2015 Handling Award at the Motek trade fair on October 6. According to the jury, this innovative module for 100% control of linear joining processes with partial rotation meets 'the highest user requirements' – and this is why it merited an outstanding first place in the handling and assembly category.
Kistler's latest system, with integrated force sensor technology and high-performance force-displacement evaluation, was honored with the Handling Award in the handling and assembly category at the 2015 Motek. This year, the coveted industry award was presented by 'handling', the specialist magazine, for the second time. The Handing Award honors outstanding products and system solutions in the production and assembly automation sector, as well as innovations in specialized areas such as handling technology, robotics, material flow and conveying technology.
Fast, Efficient Mapping of Complex Joining Processes
Thanks to integrated force sensor technology and high-performance force/displacement evaluation, Kistler's latest system delivers end-to-end process monitoring during assembly, backed up by documentation of all measurement and process values. As well as the classical linear joining process, this module is designed to perform a rotary movement of the ram, either sequentially or even simultaneously. Maximum flexibility and dynamics, combined with simple operation, mean that complex joining processes are mapped quickly and efficiently. Capacity utilization rates for plant are increased, and the commissioning and set-up phases are reduced to the minimum.
Award in the Handling and Assembly Category
The NCFR Joining Module – which features dynamic drive technology and high-precision sensors – convinced the jury with professional process monitoring based on measurements of force and displacement as well as rotation angle and torque. With its integrated hollow-shaft servo motors, the module features compact dimensions and very low weight. This design offers excellent dynamic characteristics, creating the basis for dramatically reduced cycle times.
Highly User-Friendly – Wide Range of Applications
Alexander Müller, Kistler's Product Manager for Joining Systems, is delighted: 'We see the 2015 Handling Award as an endorsement of our research and product development work on the monitoring and control of complex joining processes.' He goes on: 'We are thrilled to win this award in the handling and assembly category. It confirms the success of our efforts to deliver user-friendly technology. The Handling Award proves that our NC joining systems can easily be deployed in a variety of applications, and that the possibilities for using them are truly wide-ranging.'