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The customer required a solution for large-scale tooling and prototyping for moulding architectural and industrial parts needed a large-format machining system capable of handling a five-axis CNC process. The system had to be capable of milling pieces as large as 50ft wide by 12ft high, with the ability to machine smaller more detailed sculpture-type pieces. Highly accurate milling was needed for different material hardness, often moving between foam, wood, fiberglass, composites and so on. In addition to machining, the process required projects to be sprayed with a gel coat on the foam mould parts, then having fibreglass material applied through a chopper gun. Robotics Solutions supplied a customised version of its standard RMC 100-RTSL machining cell. The 100-RTSL system utilises simple innovative design, keeping the operator in mind by providing a quick and versatile changeover from part to part. All tool lengths and measurements are handled by a laser tool setter and programmed through a CAM system, similar to a standard machine tool and maintaining all the flexibility of a six-axis KUKA robot.

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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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