Altstätten, Switzerland - At JEC World, March 8th to 10th 2016 (Hall 5A, Booth R45) in Paris, Zünd will be exhibiting innovative automation solutions for the composites market. With the Zünd G3 M-1600 and collaborative UR robot, the Swiss cutter manufacturer presents a modular digital cutting system designed for exceptional productivity and performance.
Maximum productivity and reliability, along with simple integration in automated production workflows, are critical competitive advantages in the composites market. Perfectly coordinated system components working together in a fully integrated digital workflow are the key to success. With the Zünd G3 M-1600 cutting system combined with a collaborative UR robot, Zünd offers a perfect automation solution for cutting and off-loading prepreg materials. The UR robot does not require caging or other protected workspaces and relieves the operator of the repetitive, non-value adding task of sorting and unloading. The cut parts are automatically stacked and can be removed any time without any interruptions to the production process.
With a cutting area of 1,330mm x 1,600mm (52" x 63"), the Zünd G3 M-1600 can handle anything from prepreg materials to dry weave and core materials, and even finished laminates. No matter whether carbon or glass fibre, aramid, rock wool or basalt fibre, hard foam or honeycomb – with its advanced tool design, Zünd offers the perfect high-performance cutting tool for every application.
To meet the rigorous demands of processing fibreglass and carbon fibre, for example, Zünd recommends the extremely efficient and robust Power Rotary Tool (PRT), which is also protected against electrically charged or abrasive dust particles. For cutting materials with a low melting point without damaging them, the RPM settings of the tool can be adjusted for specific material requirements. The Pneumatic Oscillating Tool (POT) is another powerful tool; air-driven, with an 8mm stroke, this tool is the perfect choice for efficiently processing honeycomb and hard foam materials. The routing option with the speciality router bit R62, on the other hand, is the ideal tool for precisely and efficiently routing cured parts.
Because of their modular design, Zünd high-performance cutting systems can be easily tailored to the specific needs and dynamics of the composites market. This not only guarantees exceptional productivity but also makes the Zünd a very safe investment with both immediate and lasting returns. The Zünd G3 cutter is CE and UL certified. It can be used as a standalone solution in a semi-automated configuration for custom or shorter-run production or, just as easily, integrated in a fully automated industrial production workflow. Powered by Zünd Cut Center with its open interface, Zünd G3 cutters can be quickly and easily integrated in any type of production environment. Zünd G3 cutting systems come with professional documentation in multiple languages, and the user can select his/her language of choice for the user interface. High-performance CAD/CAM software options support the user in all aspects of the production process, e.g. in maximising material yield through automatic nesting.
There are thousands of Zünd G3 cutters installed all over the world, proving their mettle on a daily basis. Zünd's customer reference list is extensive, featuring many renowned brand owners in the automotive industry, aerospace, aviation, wind energy, and many other industrial applications.