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ALNEA / Robotic station for riveting gutter hooks.

Robotic station for riveting gutter hooks.

Robots for construction industry? Such a surprise was visible on the faces of most people who had the opportunity to see the position during the construction. The station with two robots and a conveyor is designed for riveting gutter hooks, packaging hooks in cartons and palletizing. Here is our robotic riveting station.

Harmony of robots and an excellent vision system. Watch how it works!

Robot KUKA has that power.

The station is equipped with a vibrating feeder and rivet positioner, which are moved to the press. The station also has a plate positioning area. The plates are completed by the operator throwing them into the litter box. The Omron vision system takes a photo and means properly arranged plates that the KUKA robot takes and positions and puts on the prepared rivet.

3D positioning system for 6-axis robots - Horus

The second KUKA robot is equipped with 3D positioning system – Horus – you can read more about our vision system here. It scans one of two places prepared for pallets with hooks supplied by the operator. Appropriate algorithms facilitate picking the hook from the box without the need to position the details first. The robot translates the positioning hook before placing it in the press. This is an important process due to the large variability of hook bends and dedicated holes for rivets.
After collecting all the hooks from one layer, the robot takes a separator, removes it through a properly designed dump and starts scanning from the beginning. After selecting the hooks from the given palette, it starts the process on the second palette.

Automated riveting

The rivet with the plate is taken by a 2-axis manipulator and then deposited on the press matrix. On the matrix, the rivet and metal plate set is held by means of a vacuum suction cup and then the hook is attached to the set by a robot. The whole is mechanically connected by means of a press and an appropriately profiled punch.


The finished hooks are inserted by the robot into cartons that differ in dimensions. The next layers of hooks are secured with cardboard spacers. The station is equipped with a feeder with appropriate presence and type detectors.

What is the role of the operator?

The role of the operator is to replenish hooks, plates, rivets, spacers and cardboard boxes. When refilling most components, open the station door. The access doors are equipped with appropriate safety jumpers. The door must be closed again by the operator.


The machine can be operated via the operator panel with a clear and intuitive menu. With the help of our HMI, you can control the work of robots and machine elements in manual mode, as well as access to production statuses and user logins.

Construction industry can be also automatised! If you want to receive an offer for a robotized position - write to us!