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The HAHN Group review of K 2019

This year the HAHN Group participated at K 2019. The largest international plastics fair takes place every three years in Dusseldorf, Germany, and brings the most important companies of the plastics industry together.

This way manufacturers of plastics granules, injection-molding machines and packaging machines have their place on the fair. The HAHN Group was present at the fair with its subsidiaries GeKu, HAHN Digital, HAHN Robotics, HAHN RobShare, Rethink Robotics, Waldorf Technik, and Wemo.

The company and product portfolio of HAHN Group fits like a glove to one of the main topics of this year’s K fair: Digitalization and industry 4.0 were of enormous relevance, as well as products around the connectivity of devices, along with digital monitoring and the remote control of production systems and processes. The HAHN Group’s expertise covers exactly these topics:

  • Jointly Waldorf Technik and HAHN Digital presented a system that combines digital printing and digital service, leading to higher productivity in the production of medical devices.
  • With their new WIPS 4.0 software, Wemo contributes to a more user-friendly programming of robots and allows improved product quality through intelligent automation.

“Contrary to the general mood in the run-up to the fair, we had a successful trade show. This particularly applies to the individual firms Waldorf Technik and Wemo,” explains Bernhard Rupke, Director of the HAHN Group’s Material Handling division, which is made up of the companies GeKu, Wemo and Waldorf Technik. He continues: “But as a whole group with a very wide range of automation technology, we have received a lot of feedback from many customers and visitors.”

We are happy about the high number of visitors and the considerable interest, which was shown for our products and companies. In the coming weeks our teams will build on the numerous ideas, contacts and successes, which were made at K and are already looking forward to K 2022!

More durable, quieter, higher quality: The Sawyer BLACK Edition

Rheinböllen, Germany – The Sawyer BLACK Edition is now available for pre-order and will be presented for the first time at K 2019 in Düsseldorf

One year after the takeover of assets by HAHN Group, Rethink Robotics presents its hardware update: The Sawyer BLACK Edition is the result of the combination of German engineering and longstanding application experience. Sawyer is now quieter and has more reliable components with higher quality. The Sawyer BLACK Edition can be pre-ordered now; first deliveries will take place in 2019.

The Sawyer BLACK Edition contributes to a quieter working environment and is therefore even more popular among employees. The improved component quality of the Sawyer BLACK Edition significantly raises the cobot’s reliability.

At K 2019 the Sawyer BLACK Edition will be demonstrated at the HAHN Group at booth E61 in hall 10 as part of a palletizing application for the packaging of boxes and plastics parts.

With the BLACK Edition Rethink Robotics continues to stand for easy application, flexibility in use and high acceptance among employees. Tasks that are dangerous for humans are, among others, possible applications. Some of these include CNC machine assembly, circuit board assembly, metal processing, injection molding, packaging, loading and unloading, as well as tests and inspections. The cobot solution is ready for use immediately after delivery and equipped with the powerful Intera software and two camera systems.

More flexible solutions for plastics manufacturing

Diepenau, Germany – GeKu and HAHN Robotics work even closer together with a new location in Northern Germany and are expanding their offering for the plastics industry.

GeKu recognizes the expanded potential of collaborative robot solutions for customers in the plastics industry. The HAHN Group, together with the Managing Director of GeKu, Thorsten Gerling and Marco Unverzagt, Managing Director of HAHN Robotics, establishes a subsidiary of HAHN Robotics in Northern Germany.

For the plastics industry, the companies of the HAHN Group have jointly developed application cases with collaborative robot technology for the handling of plastic parts. For example, cobot Sawyer from Rethink Robotics proves to be very easy to install and operate in this application area. At the same time, Sawyer is very flexible and can be used in many ways in companies in the plastics industry. Employees are relieved from taking on repetitive tasks and engage in more demanding tasks in the value chain. This ensures a high level of acceptance of the cobot within the workforce. Visitors to the fair can see at booth E61 in hall 10 how collaborative robot technology will support automation processes.

For about 25 years, plastics manufacturing has profited from GeKu’s automation of highly complex injection molding processes as well as individual high-tech automation and handling solutions. The founding of the subsidiary company Diepenau in Northern Germany, under the management of industry expert Thorsten Gerling, enables an expansion of their offers with security analyzes and integration of collaborative and industrial robot systems. The resulting solutions for plastics manufacturing are even more adaptable and target the challenges of the customers. With a total investment of 1.5 million euros, GeKu and HAHN Robotics will continue to serve the continuously growing needs of the automation industry in the future.

Thorsten Gerling, Managing Director of GeKu and the new subsidiary of HAHN Robotics in Northern Germany, is excited for the possibilities: “We are looking forward to being able to offer the plastics industry in the future even more flexible and future-oriented solutions. Through the cooperation within the HAHN Group, we have already recognized numerous trends and are working on the goal-oriented implementation of solutions for the needs of our customers and cooperation partners.”

Waldorf Technik integrates digital printing and digital service for even more productivity

Engen, Germany – In the future, manufacturers of disposable syringes will be able to print directly and flexibly on cylinders through digital printing processes right inside the system. The offer by Waldorf Technik is rounded off through the use of EVE Suite – the digital service portfolio of HAHN Digital to raise productivity, efficiency and quality.

Waldorf Technik developed an automation system, together with their long-standing partner Netstal – premium brand for injection molding machines from the KraussMaffei group – which is based on their Vario TIP® System. This way syringe barrels can be printed on, directly after extraction from the injection molding machine, using digital printing. The system will be displayed in hall 15, booth D24.

Production and processing on the site runs completely cavity sorted for maximum efficiency and safety. Immediately after extraction of the syringe barrels from the injection molding machine, the piston stop of the syringe is checked for proper processing by means of camera systems. Thereafter, the barrels are set up on a moving table for transport. The next camera check controls the Luer fitting before the cylinders are transported to the print station. Before the print, the cylinders are prepared with plasma treatment. This ensures an optimal adhesion of the print. Afterwards, the prints are dried through UV radiation. Then the syringe barrels can be packed or individually processed according to the customer requirements.

The digital printing process guarantees maximum flexibility because the print data is sent directly from the computer to the printer. A modification or print head replacement is not necessary. Waldorf Technik realized this printing solution in collaboration with Hapa AG, using their compact digital print module redcube.

Another highlight on the fair site is Waldorf Technik’s presentation of EVE Suite, the comprehensive digital service portfolio of HAHN Group, to which Waldorf Technik belongs as a subsidiary. With EVE Analytics system operators are, for example, able to monitor the status of their systems remotely and at any time conveniently via PC, smartphone or tablet. On top of that EVE Support offers an opportunity for guided and individual remote maintenance with the use of augmented reality and smart glasses for video calls.

The subsidiary companies GeKu, Waldorf Technik and Wemo form the division Material Handling within HAHN Group, establish a global network and bundle their extensive competencies in the plastics industries. All three will be represented jointly in hall 10, booth E61.

Smart automation – boost your productivity

Värnamo, Sweden – Wemo presents a wide range of robotics and will show several robot applications for automation in plastics manufacturing at K 2019. As a highlight, Wemo provides industrial logistics solutions for material handling. Trade show visitors are invited to experience how to boost product quality with smart automation at booth E61 in hall 10.

Wemo launches WIPS 4.0 software for a user experience in the programming of robots as one of the highlights at K 2019. The new WIPS 4.0 software platform is based on experiences from the successful dialogue programming, which was implemented in thousands of Wemo robots in the last decade. The new ergonomic and lightweight handheld controller W-Hp12, in combination with a 10.1” landscape full color screen, gives operators and programmers a better overview of the status and program structure. The handheld is equipped with three levels of safety buttons (dead-man-grip). Furthermore, the customer experience continues with hardware buttons for the most-used functions like the activation of axes movement and main operational buttons like start, stop, and reset. In addition to an integrated touch pen the screen is now equipped with swipe functionality for an intuitive usability. This improves the speed of daily use, makes the process more efficient and results in better monitoring for the user with fewer jumps to different pages. The WIPS 4.0 user friendliness is rounded off with a customized start screen.
The new software and handheld will be demonstrated at the Wemo stand at booth E61 in hall 10.
Wemo offers 21 different models for adaption to injection molding machines, of which three are displayed at K:

  • Wemo 3-5 Linear Picker: The compact, servo-driven linear robot with a handling capability up to 2.3 kg is used for sprue and part handling. The Wemo 3-5 Linear Picker can be mounted either within the machine’s protected area or above the gate to the machine safety area as a conventional linear robot. The installation is extremely compact, while the adaptation of external protections around the machine becomes significantly easier. This solution solves limits in flexibility of additional operations, as well as higher cost, due to CE regulations for approved machine protection.
  • Wemo 8-5 sDesign: The high speed linear robot for thin-wall parts in the packaging industry is best in class for packaging parts and medical applications on two-platen and stack moulds. The sDesign series is especially suited for the removal of packaging parts. The high-speed handling units are optimised for ultimate efficiency and speed. They have a cycle time of less than 2.7 seconds and may be used both for side-entry and top removal. A Wemo 8-5 sDesign application with a handling weight of up to 3 kg for machine sizes from 750 up to 3,000 kN can be seen at the Wemo booth in operation along with a servo driven stacking unit, which helps to achieve the faste cycle times.
  • Wemo 120 xLine Tandem: The Wemo tandem robot concept mounts two robots on the same Z-axis, resulting in a more cost-effective production. Often additional operations are added outside the injection molding machine, such as assembly, inspection or packing of pattern layouts in boxes. With the tandem concept, required operation processes are divided without installing two separate robots in the cell. Using this method, valuable floor space is released in comparison to previous solutions. At K 2019, Wemo will demonstrate a Wemo 120 xLine Tandem for industrial parts.

Wemo Handling Automation offers efficient industrial logistics solutions for handling parts and boxes to and from pallets. The product range of user friendly and flexible linear robots is based on the handling concept, which comes with additional modulized conveyors, End-Of-Arm tooling and safety guarding. At K 2019, visitors can discover the following solutions: The Wemo xPacker packing line consists of the Wemo xPacker mini robot to fill boxes and the larger Wemo xPacker midi robot to pack boxes on pallets.

  • Wemo xPacker mini: The fast Pick-and-Place robot for filling boxes is a speedy robot type for handling parts up to 5 kg. With its small footprint it can be used inside existing automation lines or directly after the out coming conveyor from the molding machine.
  • Wemo xPacker midi: The compact robot for palletizing boxes with 20 kg handling weight is a complete robotics unit. With an incoming conveyor and integrated safety guarding, Wemo xPacker midi is ready for easy plug-in. It is placed directly after the molding machine’s out coming conveyor belt or in a centralized logistics department. All types of boxes or packages can be handled with a unique vacuum gripper which can detect the object size and use the vacuum channels according to the needed surfaces. In combination with the intuitive programming WIPS handling software, less knowledge is required to operate this unit in an efficient way.