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A company named DAT wanted to further develop polyurethane foam technology or hybrid polyurethane technology. For this technology, for which the basis is a polyurethane foam system with isocynate and polyol components, the injection material is applied directly to the mould from the mixing head in a single process at injection speeds of 0.6 seconds. This enables extremely large-area parts of very low wall thickness to be produced. The task for the automation was thus to integrate the short cycle times into the subsequent finishing stages in a fully automated solution. For the automation experts at DAT, the task was extensive and many layered. The platform for the automation solution consists of two Kuka robots (KR 60 L30 K and KR 125 L90 K) with different robot options.

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'Synergies in polyurethane foam technology'
‘Synergies in polyurethane foam technology’

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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