KUKA's automated solutions on display at IMTS 2024

May 20, 2024 - 07:30am

At IMTS 2024, KUKA Robotics will demonstrate a variety of special automated solutions from several of its system partners that streamline part processing and boost overall production output.

Those innovative systems, all featuring KUKA robots in booth 236807, will include the CyberDrawers machine feeding unit from Waybo; entry-level machine and process automation from Mairotec GmbH; automated milling from Robotics Solutions Inc.; and metal additive manufacturing from One-Off Robotics. For part fabrication operations, show attendees will also experience the Mobile Robotic Bending Cell from Bystronic and the Robotic Bending Cell (RBC) from the Gladwin Automation Division.

Waybo CyberDrawers
For turnkey machine tool automation solutions, Waybo’s CyberDrawers feeding system is well suited for turning centers and milling machines. Shops can program the system using a simple, internally designed interface that calculates nearly all the robot’s movements, and setting up for a new production process is quick and easy. Initial installation of the whole system typically takes only a day. 

All Waybo products, including the CyberDrawers are fully modular, compatible with each other and optimize operations while reducing production costs. The cells integrate with both current and older machine tools and interface with other equipment such as marking machines, digital inspection machines, saws, grinding wheels and more.

MairoFlex Compact 8
MairoFlex Compact 8

Whether an application involves a machine or process, standard systems from Mairotec are flexible, provide easy entry into automation and are an economical alternative to larger size systems. During IMTS, the company will show its cost-effective MairoFlex Compact 8. The MairoFlex Compact 8 offers the speed and flexibility of an industrial robot, with the benefits of a fenceless solution.

The unit provides a reach up to 1640mm, increased speeds and high pose repeatability. Its integration with the KR C5 micro controller from KUKA ensures maximum performance, connectivity and flexibility. The KR C5 micro integrates seamlessly into existing infrastructures and immediately delivers added value through efficient performance for all applications, and it is highly capable for those users with more sophisticated requirements. Mairotec also incorporates KUKA LBR iisy cobots into its MairoFlex iisy solution that maximizes flexibility, minimizes space requirements, boosts performance, accelerates production and lowers total cost of ownership.

Designed with universal applicability for almost all market segments, especially for pick-and-place operations in machining, assembly and handling applications, the MairoFlex iisy is easy to teach, so previous robotics knowledge is often unnecessary. No-code programming enables beginners to achieve fast initial success, while the LBR iisy cobot is extremely easy to use.

Robotic Solutions
As a company that specializes in custom robot systems, Robotic Solutions will show a robotic milling application that uses a KR Quantec Nano robot and DKP 3 positioner that is processing a cast part made of hard material.

The turn-key solution offers users full CNC-type operations including automated tool changers, tool pre-setters, hotwire harps, probes, 3D scanners, and unlimited file size capabilities. The company’s systems are available in sizes ranging from small to large to fit a shop’s specific robotic needs.

One-Off Robotic's Meltio bot

 One-Off Robotics
how attendees looking to incorporate metal additive technology into their part processing operations will experience the Robotic Metal Additive Manufacturing System from One-Off Robotics in the KUKA booth. These state-of-the-art systems that use KUKA robots are designed to revolutionize the production capabilities of the defense, aerospace, research and specialized production sectors.

With improved speed, precision and flexibility, One-Off Robotic systems address not only the current needs of the industry but also lay the groundwork for future advancements. The system featured at the show provides high efficiency and supports average deposition rates of 4kg/hour for wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) and variable rates – up to 10kg/hour – for wire laser additive manufacturing (WLAM), ensuring rapid production cycles in both applications. Enhanced control over the melt pool and part density improves the mechanical properties of final products.


For those shops struggling with limited floorspace, the Bystronic Mobile Bending Robot Cell provides highly flexible on-demand automation specifically designed for confined spaces and for producing small and medium-sized parts more conveniently than ever. Using a KR AGILUS robot from KUKA, the miniature-format press-brake cell delivers bending speeds of up to 30mm/second – a speed that’s three times faster as compared to large press brakes.

In just a matter of minutes, the company can expand either its compact ByBend Star 40 or ByBend Star 80 press brakes into mobile bending cells for manual or automatic operation. This gives shops the flexibility to select the right cell for their particular part bending application.

Gladwin Aiutomation
Gladwin Aiutomation

Gladwin Automation
Ease of use and flexibility are at the heart of Gladwin Automation’s RBC that requires little input from press brake operators while also allowing shops to handle a variety of bending jobs. Equipped with all necessary components – from press brake, robot and end-of-arm tooling to offline programming software and material handling conveyors – the cell provides a viable way to maintain or increase output without the effort and expense of additional labor.

The cell increases productivity through 24/7 operation, eliminates the need for heavy lifting by operators, improves overall part quality and reduces the risk of scrapped parts. Plus, the cell’s easy-to-use interface makes operating and retooling fast and intuitive.

Related Glossary Terms

  • centers


    Cone-shaped pins that support a workpiece by one or two ends during machining. The centers fit into holes drilled in the workpiece ends. Centers that turn with the workpiece are called “live” centers; those that do not are called “dead” centers.

  • gang cutting ( milling)

    gang cutting ( milling)

    Machining with several cutters mounted on a single arbor, generally for simultaneous cutting.

  • grinding


    Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.

  • industrial robot

    industrial robot

    Robot designed for industrial use. Primarily used as a material-handling device but also used for changing tools, assembling parts, and manipulating special tools and measuring devices. Depending on design, an industrial robot can be programmed to perform a task by means of a controller, or it can be “walked” through the required movements by utilizing a digitizing system that translates movements into commands that the robot can be “taught.” See robot; teaching pendant.

  • mechanical properties

    mechanical properties

    Properties of a material that reveal its elastic and inelastic behavior when force is applied, thereby indicating its suitability for mechanical applications; for example, modulus of elasticity, tensile strength, elongation, hardness and fatigue limit.

  • milling


    Machining operation in which metal or other material is removed by applying power to a rotating cutter. In vertical milling, the cutting tool is mounted vertically on the spindle. In horizontal milling, the cutting tool is mounted horizontally, either directly on the spindle or on an arbor. Horizontal milling is further broken down into conventional milling, where the cutter rotates opposite the direction of feed, or “up” into the workpiece; and climb milling, where the cutter rotates in the direction of feed, or “down” into the workpiece. Milling operations include plane or surface milling, endmilling, facemilling, angle milling, form milling and profiling.

  • robotics


    Discipline involving self-actuating and self-operating devices. Robots frequently imitate human capabilities, including the ability to manipulate physical objects while evaluating and reacting appropriately to various stimuli. See industrial robot; robot.

  • turning


    Workpiece is held in a chuck, mounted on a face plate or secured between centers and rotated while a cutting tool, normally a single-point tool, is fed into it along its periphery or across its end or face. Takes the form of straight turning (cutting along the periphery of the workpiece); taper turning (creating a taper); step turning (turning different-size diameters on the same work); chamfering (beveling an edge or shoulder); facing (cutting on an end); turning threads (usually external but can be internal); roughing (high-volume metal removal); and finishing (final light cuts). Performed on lathes, turning centers, chucking machines, automatic screw machines and similar machines.


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