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‘Airbus case study: sewing of carbon-fibre mats’ - .PDF file.

Airbus Deutschland manufactures selected aircraft components using carbon-fibre composites. Each individual component receives its shape from the mould in which it is sewed and filled with resin. When the aircraft components are sewed, the needle has to maintain a 90° angle to the surface at all times, and for this reason only a six-axis jointed-arm robot with sufficient freedom of movement and flexibility could be considered as an automation solution. As a result, a Kuka KR 125 robot was chosen. The robot worked with high repeatability and its motions were exactly co-ordinated with the sewing head. Moreover, if the KR 125 had to leave the programmed path due to a broken thread, it resumed work again from the previous position. The KR 125 also demonstrated high flexibility — it had to be able to use three different sewing heads, which are exchanged by means of a quick-change system, while reliably controlling three different sewing methods.

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KUKA can trace a presence in the UK back to 1976, and the founding of the business KUKA Welding Systems + Robots Limited. The business in its current form, KUKA Robotics UK Limited, is wholly-owned a subsidiary of KUKA Roboter GmbH, Europe's largest manufacturer of industrial robots; and sitting within the KUKA Group of companies – encompassing robotics and automation solutions – to an annual turnover value of 1.9 Billion Euro. In 2013,, KUKA Roboter made some 20,000 industrial robots for all applications.

Within the UK, we are a stable, profitable business that fosters and encourages an active self-improvement plan for all employees ensuring we retain experienced members of staff which improves our customer interaction markedly.

The on-going training of Robot Sales Specialists, Application Engineering staff and Customer Service team is rigorous to ensure a robust understanding of our entire range. This ensures that the correct robot is specified initially, that it is appropriate to application and environment, and that post-delivery, we can support every device 24-hours-a-day.

The company moved to its current Wednesbury home late in 2011, from where sales, support and customer service operations are centred. The training facility – containing 8 training cells – was installed in the summer of 2013; and demonstration facilities including robots of all sizes, employing an external linear axis, and a moulding machine demonstration cell is a coherent experience for any visitor.

Our showroom also allows an opportunity to see some devices, such as those ideal for platen-mounted injection moulding machine use, to be the subject of a close first-hand interaction; which also includes an example of KUKA's revolutionary and world-leading LightWeight Robot (LBR).

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