Pioneering products for automated assembly

Around 41,000 visitors from Germany and abroad attended the automatica trade fair in Munich between 27 and 30 June, where the entire supply chain of industrial automation was represented. The industry-leading event staged a first class programme for visitors covering the themes of digitalisation and AI, sustainable production and the future of work.

Screwdriving technology and automation specialist DEPRAG presented a range of products, with a particular focus on applications for screwdriving technology and automation in combination with robotics. The motto “#screwbotics – automation excellence by DEPRAG” underlines the company’s expertise in this sector. Light, flexible and smart products, ready for connection to lightweight robots and cobots.

DEPRAG exhibition stand at automatica 2023

The DEPRAG Screwdriver Function Module stands out from the crowd. As well as standard versions, the range includes the E-SFM (screwdriver function module with electronic stroke). It provides maximum flexibility in the light of complex screwdriving tasks, new fasteners and changing assembly requirements. The collection also includes a DEPRAG isolation concept which is equipped with special ceramic and synthetic parts to protect against voltages up to 1,000 volts. The product is therefore particularly suited for use in the field of e-mobility, such as battery assembly.

The new generation DEPRAG Feed Module (DFM) is another product which can easily be connected to lightweight robots. Now smaller, lighter and smarter, it is best suited for automated screwdriving applications. A further impressive feature is added when used in combination with DEPRAG Tool Changer, the tool changer system. The automatic changing of any number of screwdriving tools means that the Tool Changer provides maximum flexibility regardless of the type of fastener drive used. The use of one single spindle guarantees that operating costs are quickly amortised.

Alongside the many hardware components, DEPRAG also presented its own software solution to facilitate a simple transition to the smart factory. The DEPRAG Cockpit software can be used to centrally monitor, analyse and optimise all assembly tasks. The intelligent control and process monitoring allows the user to recognise potentials early and react directly to changes. Fast process optimisation improves production time, avoids downtime and increases the quality of production.

End devices with corresponding communication interfaces are needed to supply the software with data. Communication capabilities are integrated into all current DEPRAG products, including the new screwdriving system DEPRAG Plus, which amongst other things has an OPC UA interface. This high-powered screwdriving system provides the ultimate flexibility and connectivity. It includes the new sequence controller AST12 and the corresponding screwdriving tool.

Thanks to their ease of integration, DEPRAG components are improving production sequences and supporting customers in mastering the challenges of modern manufacturing. “For us, the Automatica trade fair was an excellent opportunity to introduce the international public to our latest breakthroughs”, explains Robert Bachmeier, DEPRAG Sales Manager. “We are proud to provide pioneering solutions in the field of automated assembly and feeding technology and to thereby support our customers in the optimisation of their production processes.”

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