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The requirement was for full automation of the process to apply the adhesive tape to the body side mouldings directly after injection moulding. The customer needed a highly flexible system, which could be converted without difficulty to any future facelifts the cars may receive. For inline manufacturing, it was necessary to meet a cycle time specification for the gluing process that would be within at least two seconds of the cycle time of the injection moulding machine. For each vehicle set, there would thus be a maximum of 60 seconds available for the entire gluing process. Despite the short cycle time, gluing tolerances of ±1.5mm had to be observed. A KR 45 six-axis robot from Kuka Robotics was chosen for the process. Placed around it are the components for insertion and removal, as well as the components for gluing. By using the freely programmable jointed-arm robot, the system is flexible, such that it can be converted without problem for other products or facelifts. The original requirement for cycle times of 60 seconds were improved on by more than 20 seconds, while the manufacturing tolerances were reduced to ±0.5mm.

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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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