Ultrasound is sound with a frequency greater than the upper limit of human hearing. It is also a central part of a newly developed robot solution, where The Danish Technological Institute (DTI) combines ultrasonic cutting of plastic items with an industrial robot.
- The technology has great potential - also in Denmark. We have seen it applied abroad, but certainly believe that there is a great need for this type of technology in Danish manufacturing companies, robot engineer and consultant Karsten Thornø Ahrentsen from DTI explains.
The sharp solution was recently demonstrated at the summer summit for the Plastic Industry's Machine Section which was held at DTI.
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The global competition is tough, and companies need to be at the forefront - to work continuously to make their products better and optimizing the way they are produced, Karsten Thornø Ahrentsen underlines.
The ultrasonic process is small, very fast waves, 35 kHz, which causes the blade to vibrate, and thereby cuts through the material easily - especially plastic materials. The robot solution can also be utilized in the food industry - for cutting cheese for example. The vibrations of the ultrasonic knife ensures that the material is not left on the blade.
In the video above you can see how the robot operates and hear more about the underlying technology.
The demonstration in the video is a collaboration between DTI, Rinco Ultrasonics and KUKA.