Case - Beam Cutting with robotic precision

Jan Kranendonk
– Updated
Dec 17, 2015

After delivery of our robotic profiler CCS900, our customer proudly features its new equipment in the local media, including a movie with some good interviews. Read on for the full article and movie.

CCS900 robot steel beam cutting line

Being accurate to 0.3mm

It is accurate to within 0.3 millimeters and allows the processing elements to a length of 12 meters. In the next episode of the 'Amazing machine', KRANENDONK present the CCS 900 - a modern line for cutting steel profiles. The machines is highly appreciated and was voted as the best equipment for beam production. The machine cuts the steel components, which can be up to 900 millimeters wide, 400 millimeters in height and 12 meters long. 'Additionally, it is able to give a profile of the desired shape with high precision', says Krzysztof Chylinski, programmer and technologist at the company. The KRANENDONK CCS 900 thanks this ability to its largest and most important component: a very rapid and precise robot ABB IRB 2600, whose arm moves in six axes and ends with a flame cutting torch.

'It's so much faster than manual cutting'

The way the robot operates is controlled from the technological office. Programming is done with special software. 'We create so-called macros, which are a kind of mini-programs that include a parameterized shape, the robot movements and the cutting speed', explains Chylinski. If the program is finished, the workers execute it in the hall. First, the crane operator transports steel piece and places it on the rollers. Automatically, the profile are positioned, after which they pass to the robot. 'Using the touchscreen, the data on the dimensions of the profile is typed in and the machine verifies them', says Piotr Ivanovski, the operator of the KRANENDONK CCS900. With a special sensor, the robot checks if the data is correct. Then the operator closes the door and the robot starts to work. Cutting is done using an oxy-acetylene torch. A big beam takes about 30 minutes to finish. 'So much faster than hand cutting', compares Chylinski. Finished profiles then go to the neighboring hall, where it will be part of a larger steel structure.