Event - This was Gigantries!

By
Sander Voerman
– Updated
Dec 17, 2015

Live demos of two massive robot welding gantries we're the absolute highlight of 'Gigantries! - Robot Welding Event'. Guests had the opportunity to see technology that is usually kept behind closed doors at the world’s largest shipyards and steel constructors. A unique opportunity indeed for everyone present, among them, delegations from Europe, Turkey, Singapore and Canada.

Gigantries Robot Welding Event

KRANENDONK calls for smarter automation at in-house seminar

At November 27th, KRANENDONK, the Robot Technology Centre from Holland, hosted a seminar called ‘Gigantries!’, with impressive live demonstrations. Arie Kranendonk, founder and president of the company, called in his speech to the 90 international guests for smarter ways of automation. ‘The potential of robots can be used in better ways when solutions are integrated and a broader overview is maintained. When it comes to robotics, we use motto: rethink instead of replace.’ 

ABB Robotics, partner of KRANENDONK, has a similar vision. Oliver Cafmeyer, Global Channel Partner Manager, followed Mr. Kranendonk on stage for an inspiring lecture on business partnerships. ‘KRANENDONK is one of the few integrators that may call itself an ABB Authorized Value Provider. Meaning first class support for the end user, all around the world’.

The presentations on stage were seamlessly followed by a live demonstration of the first of two gigantic robot welding gantries. Guests had the opportunity to see technology that is usually kept behind closed doors at the world’s largest shipyards and steel constructors. A unique opportunity indeed for everyone present, among them, delegations from Europe, Turkey, Singapore and Canada.

Bart van Dam, teamleader Controls, gave the spectators an impressive show next to the robots. Controlled by the KRANENDONK RinasWeld software, Mr. Van Dam showed how versatile and accurate the machines are, although their vast size (working range of 126*12 meters). Smart features like integrated fume extraction, torch cleaning stations and ‘marathon’ welding wire packs enable many hours of continued operation.

RinasWeld is KRANENDONK’s ‘model based programming’ software. Used in both showcased machines, it offers clients a powerful and efficient tool for the automation of non-repetitive production, all without the feared long hours of programming. The complete abundance of robot programming makes this robot production software one of a kind.

Robot welding event

In the afternoon, guests were given the chance to inspect the machines from close by. Magnus Kjaerbo, systems engineer, while seated in between the audience, gave a detailed insight on the RinasWeld software based on various 3D CAD models.

This type and size of smart, high-end automation calls for strong partnerships. Next to ABB Robotics, four key-suppliers showed the integrated high-class components. B&R Automation, Schaeffler, IGUS and Dinse were present to teach the audience more about their products and why they are used in KRANENDONK solutions. It was a full and inspiring day, where visitors had the chance to see the result of ‘rethinking’ production automation.

Read more about the exhibited machines: Panel welding line and Double Hull welding line.

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