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Aesculap’s factory in Tuttlingen manufactures high-quality implants. In the past, work in this field was primarily carried out manually. Then Aesculap wanted to optimise the entire process. The motivation to do this was pressure to reduce costs and the resultant desire for higher cost-effectiveness. It was therefore important, above all, to shorten production times and reduce expenses. The company decided to use six-axis jointed-arm robots for the grinding and polishing of hip prosthesis shafts. What Aesculap demanded most of all from these robots was high repeatability in order to guarantee a reproducible process and thus consistently high quality. The company also required a high degree of flexibility. The company opted for two Kuka KR 30 HA robots, which have a carrying capacity of 30kg and a maximum reach of more than 2m.

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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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