Posts by Franziska Scherer

In the end of last year KUKA Systems do Brazil Ltda. celebrated their 18th anniversary with an event to give a special thank to their employees for doing a great job in more than 18 years! Beside delicious food KUKA Systems Brazil challenged their employees with a quiz: They had to find out the period of employement of each other. Therefore each employee received a KUKA cap and a card with a number on it. The caps were embroidered with the employees name and the number of years they have worked for KUKA. Afterwards they had to find the colleague who wears the cap with the number of years on it that matches to the number on the card they have received. That little quiz was a nice start into a great celebration of enjoying working together for more than 18 years! VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes... Read More
Recently there is hot TV program called “The Biggest Celebration on Earth” promoted by BBC. This is talking about the Chinese New Year celebration. The Rooster Year is just around the corner and will begin from 28th of January. Chinese New Year, known as “Spring Festival” is the most important holiday for Chinese people. It is defined to be the very first day according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Normally, the celebration starts from the New Year’s Eve and lasts till the middle of the first month. Celebration occurs after cleaning the whole house and displaying traditional new year decorations. This festival is for family reunion and relatives gathering. People normally visit relatives and friends, give little kids red packets, do some shopping, watch traditional Chinese shows, launch fireworks, and plan for the coming year. The celebration will sometimes be highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of heaven, earth, the family ancestors and other gods. History It is unclear when the exact date of the very first New Year celebration in China was. However, it is well believed to start from the year end religious ceremony during the Shang Dynasty (1766 BC – 1122 BC). Some others believe that it started from as early as Emperor Yao and Shun (~2300 BC). At first, the date of celebration varied from mid-winter to early spring. With the maturity of the solar base calendar, Emperor Wu (157 BC – 87 BC) of the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220), established the first day of the first month as the beginning of the year, and it remains afterwards. Legends According to... Read More
“Friction welding – a process with a future” – KUKA already advertised with this slogan back in 1966 and has long since been proven right. Fast, safe and economical: characteristics that distinguish this process and have made it indispensable down to the present day. In particular, the combination of different materials is a major argument for this technology. KUKA was very quick to recognize the advantages of friction welding and has continued to develop the process over the years. Today, the Augsburg-based company can look back on a 50-year success story. Friction welding 4.0: anything but outmoded “Friction welding sometimes comes across as outmoded,” says Walter Weh, Division Head Advanced Welding Solutions at KUKA Industries. “However, the technology is anything but.” For five decades, KUKA experts have been developing and improving the process. From the first doubled-head machine for universal shafts for Daimler in the 1970s to the modular KUKA Genius friction welding machine. “We are guided by market requirements, move with the times and are able to find the perfect solution for every customer thanks to our many years of experience and expertise in friction welding,” says Weh. Automation specialist KUKA Industries has been quick to take Industrie 4.0 into consideration in friction welding machines in order to offer its customers solutions for long-term increases in productivity. Complete integration of the friction welding machine into the production network makes it possible to achieve greater productivity. Thanks to these digitally networked processes, it is becoming possible to manufacture products with a greater degree of flexibility, energy efficiency and customization and a reduced impact on resources. All process data from... Read More
At EuroBlech, the international technology fair for the sheet metal forming industry, KUKA Industries is presenting an extensive portfolio in hall 13 booth C194: From the friction stir welding cell with single axis positioner and the KUKA flexibleCUBE with double turn/tilt positioners for components such as optics for laser welding up to the simulation and program software KUKA.Sim that demonstrates machine construction knowhow in the area of Industry 4.0. Welding quality meets Industry 4.0 Many years of welding expertise, KUKA Industries demonstrates an application for you that combines classical welding with the most modern Industry 4.0 technology. The new KR Cybertech from KUKA Robots shows welding of thick industrial sheet metal with the highest quality and digital connectivity to a process database. With the help of augmented reality, your actual equipment will be connected to the process database for seamless quality monitoring of your production. An operator receives direct and immediate feedback at the place of production for the quality of the welding seam, as a live image on a mobile device that directly shows the transparent process and quality of the seam on the workpiece. This enables quick and simple optimization of your production. KUKA Sim: Testing virtual processes For increasingly shorter production cycles and differentiated products, we offer a crucial competitive advantage in the era of Industry 4.0. The simulation and programming software KUKA.Sim provides more transparency in production. The customer is already able to test the deployment of equipment or application processes and optimization where applicable. “Through offline programming, various areas such as development and construction work hand in hand and already test the new work projects of the... Read More
They have passed all of the tests and are now officially allowed to get to work at the VW plant in Wolfsburg, Germany: Since the beginning of 2016, a mobile micro-system called the KUKA flexFELLOW has been providing assistance to human colleagues during the series production of the Golf in Wolfsburg, Germany – without any protective fences whatsoever. The automobile manufacturer Volkswagen is implementing human-robot collaboration (HRC) at its vehicle manufacturing plant. Screwing the pendulum support into place as part of the drive train pre-assembly process is an ergonomically inconvenient and arduous routine operation. The component, which prevents weaving when there are changes in the engine load, is situated below the drive train and therefore in a difficult position for human workers to access. This is a typical application for robots, which are designed to collaborate with human workers and relieve them of such physically demanding tasks. In the summer of 2015, VW started to test the prototype for this type of automation solution – the “bolt” module from the KUKA flexFELLOW family, which is based on the LBR iiwa lightweight robot. This is a complete system for automating manual screwing-fastening processes. The key benefit of the tiny mobile system is that, If necessary, it can be moved to different locations. These systems can be put into operation in five to ten minutes without the inconvenience of having to rebuild or dismantle the production line. The KUKA flexFELLOW-bolt was tested for three months at Volkswagen’s Competence Center for Technology and Innovation (KTI) at the VW plant in Wolfsburg, Germany and refined for series production under conditions similar to those... Read More
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