A Red Dot for a Robot
When we’ve written about the Red Dot Awards in the past, it has typically been about Peter Schreyer managing still another win for Kia.
But it came to our attention that a product that is found in factories producing stampings for parts has achieved a Red Dot Award.
It is the Crossbar Robot 4.0 from Schuler.
According to the jury: “The smooth surfaces of the industrial robot appear immaculate and fluid. The bright white communicates cleanly executed workflows.”
What the jury probably doesn’t know is that the Crossbar Robot is used to automate press lines—be they mechanical or hydraulic, new lines or retrofits—and can handle up to 15 parts per minute.
They’ve developed new variants of the material handling device: the Crossbar Robot 4.0S, with an additional shift axis, and the Crossbar Robot 4.0H, which can handle hot-stamped parts.
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