The solution provided is based on KMT Robotic Solutions (KMT-RS)’s RoboTrim® WT-2000 Root Cut and Drill system.
Robotic automation specialist KMT, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA, provides manufacturing automation systems for utility scale composite wind turbine blades – from cutting, milling and drilling of blade root ends, to edge trimming, and surface finishing.
"What started as helping a customer with their wind turbine blade root cut and drill needs has quickly grown into a market segment meeting the broader needs of wind turbine blade manufacturers,” says Mark Handelsman, Wind Turbine Industry Sales Manager. “Our customers initially approach us looking for direct alternatives to CNC equipment or manual labour, but once they understand the advantages of robotic automation and how we can help, they begin to see the potential for much greater benefits. For example, adding barrel nut and bolt assembly to a root cut and drill system, adding vision or other means of verification, or combining processes like edge trim and sanding for surface preparation."
The alternate energy market is a key business segment for KMT-RS, adds Kevin McManus President & CEO of KMT-RS:
“Our early success comes from working with our customers to overcome limitations of their existing processes or address other shortcomings. What our customers find over time is that the flexibility of robotic automation allows them to more quickly and cost effectively adapt to changes, making them more competitive and helping them grow their businesses."