Kongsberg to show new robotics and digital cutting technology at drupa

Above: Kongsberg PCS Vice President of EMEA and APAC, David Presket

Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) will demonstrate its new top-end cutting table and robotic handling system at drupa 2024.

According to Kongsberg PCS Vice President of EMEA and APAC, David Preskett, the game-changing new Kongsberg Ultimate will be viewed at an exhibition for the first time at drupa 2024 as well as a new seven-axis robot cell that allows customers to increase throughput utilizing multiple pallets and multiple cutting systems, a further step towards ‘lights-out’ automation.

“This is our first drupa as a standalone business,” said David Preskett, Kongsberg PCS Vice President of EMEA and APAC.

“We are incredibly proud of the significant advances we have made recently, and we are excited to showcase our very latest innovations. As well as having a first opportunity to see our new Kongsberg Ultimate that is transforming corrugated production, drupa visitors will also be the first to learn about our incredible new seven-axis, rail-mounted Robotic Material Handler (RMH) system. Seven axes provide significantly greater reach and flexibility, increasing the freedom to design the layout of a production cell to match customer needs. Multiple loading and unloading points can be located with greater flexibility within the cell and nested close to the cutting systems, and as the system is also modular it can grow to meet the evolving needs of a business.

“We are excited to demonstrate at drupa how both our market-leading Kongsberg cutting tables and MultiCam CNC solutions boost throughput, streamline production through automation and deliver optimum results – and all while maximizing sustainable production, user experience and safety,” he said.

“An array of innovative designs and samples made from a variety of materials will highlight the creative freedom that packaging and sign and display manufacturers enjoy with Kongsberg PCS machines, while our latest technological advances in automation underline how we are committed to tackling the major pain point faced by businesses today – maximizing throughput without compromising quality or creativity.”

Preskett said it was this customer-centric approach that made the launch of the new Kongsberg Ultimate such a game changer for the corrugated production industry, adding it was exciting to have a large platform like drupa to demonstrate how this next generation Kongsberg technology redefines expectations.

“Through our customer centric research, exclusive preview events and feedback sessions during development, testing and beyond, we work closely with our customers and partners to ensure they benefit from maximum return on their investment in Kongsberg PCS technology,” Preskett said.

“It is important to us that we develop solutions that not only give our customers the creative freedom they need to achieve their specific goals, but that also deliver the very best user experience while ensuring maximum operator safety. Likewise, using recycled materials in the manufacturing and assembly process, and incorporating materials that have less impact on the environment also

demonstrates our focus on a sustainable, efficient, and forward-thinking approach to production. The Kongsberg Ultimate achieves all this, setting an incredible new benchmark in productivity and innovation.”

Speaking about the latest developments in automation on show at drupa 2024, Preskett said: “We are looking forward to demonstrating how we are harnessing the latest technology to enable businesses to unlock their potential, supercharge productivity and to maximize their return on investment. We will be giving a first look at our new generation seven-axis robot cell, with its innovative rail mounting and improved interfacing that delivers complete unattended production for a fully automated process, further maximizing efficiency.”

“Our commitment to quality, productivity and efficiency is reinforced with the power and capabilities of our impressive MultiCam Apex3R CNC router, which sets the standard in routing with its perfect balance between performance and precision,” said Preskett.

“Already massively popular in the USA, drupa visitors will have the opportunity to see the impressive CNC router in action as we now increase its distribution across EMEA and APAC.”

The flagship in the MultiCam range of advanced routing and CNC cutting systems, the Apex3R is one of the most versatile CNC routers on the market. Its combination of power, flexibility and an extensive selection of innovative tools make handling materials such as metals, rubber, foam and textiles simple.

Summarising the company’s plans for drupa 2024, Preskett concluded: “We are more driven than ever to provide the innovative solutions that packaging, sign and display manufacturers need to meet today’s ever-changing demands, and those of tomorrow. With our new technology and a commitment to addressing customer pain points, we cannot wait to show our innovations at drupa.”

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