Robots today can be seen working alongside their human counterparts in almost all branches of industry, often taking on the work that is too difficult, too dangerous or that poses a health risk to humans. They can be seen lifting heavy loads, accurately applying paint into each little nook and cranny and repeating the same production steps millions of times with the same exact precision.
Requirements for cabling solutions in robot applications:
- Extreme bending and rotational movements
- Highest levels of flexibility, stability and durability
- Limited space available for cabling
- Individual assemblies
- Fast delivery of important replacement parts
- Versatile cable systems – every robot type features different motion sequences
The failure of just one component can risk bringing the entire production line to a standstill, causing losses running into the millions.
How Lapp can meet these requirements:
The Lapp Group, with its robotics specialist, Lapp Muller, has been working intensively in the area of robotics for more than 30 years and produces control and data network cables, special cables and the corresponding assemblies. As a result, the Lapp Group provides high-quality standard products as well as individual customised products.
The Market Management Robotics division ensures that customer needs are met in the best possible way. This division takes on the often time-consuming development of individual solutions that can involve intensive consultation and does this in cooperation with the customer. If the customer requirements cannot be met by a product from the standard range, this division consults with the customer personally and develops special solutions. 'Exotic' special cables such as these are also made available in small quantities.
In order to ensure that these requirements can be met, the Lapp Group performs tests in one of the most cutting-edge cable testing facilities in the world. Here, it is possible to simulate all kinds of motion sequences and determine the service life of the cables.
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