Flexible and Intelligent Gripping Technology for Machining and Handling of Spatially Curved Extruded Aluminum Profiles

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With a novel extrusion process which is investigated in the Collaborative Research Center Transregio 10 (SFB/TR10), it is possible to manufacture spatially curved aluminum profiles. This process is the base for an automated small and medium size batch production of light-weight frame structures. For the handling and machining of the spatially curved profiles, highly flexible machines and manufacturing equipment are needed. Today’s automated process chains do not reach a sufficient flexibility. This article introduces a new approach to handle and machine spatially curved profiles using a flexible gripping and clamping system. Firstly, the requirements concerning the process comprehensive gripping technology, which have to be fulfilled for a flexible small and medium batch production of light-weight frame structures, are specified. Subsequently, the function and design of a flexible gripping and clamping system are described. Furthermore, metrological processes to maintain a once reached condition of order during the entire process chain are depicted.

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Matthias Kleiner, Jürgen Fleischer, Michael Zäh and Marco Schikorra

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153-162

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10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.10.153

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G. Lanza et al., "Flexible and Intelligent Gripping Technology for Machining and Handling of Spatially Curved Extruded Aluminum Profiles", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 10, pp. 153-162, 2006

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February 2006

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