Augsburg celebrates with FCA There was a super atmosphere at the party to mark FC Augsburg’s promotion at the end of May. More than 2,000 KUKA employees, amongst whom there were many football fans, had come to celebrate the promotion. For those who don’t know Augsburg well: Fussball Club Augsburg (FCA for short) gained promotion to the top Bundesliga soccer division for the 2011/2012 season. This is the first time that FCA has managed this in its history since the club was founded in 1907, and we joined in the celebrations. In beautiful weather, Stephan Schulak greeted all the employees as well as Peter Bircks, chairman of the FCA Supervisory Board. Over sausages and drinks with musical accompaniment, everyone had a great time and took part in the prize competition. There was a chance to win ten FCA shirts, as well as ten pairs of tickets for the opening game. Following the party, the winners were drawn and were all very happy about their prizes. The opening game took place at the start of August in Augsburg. Despite KUKA’s support, the game against FC Freiburg only finished with a 2:2 draw, but nevertheless it was enormously enjoyable. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes... Read More

Her majesty!

Posted By on 2011-04-05

The Queen of the Netherlands takes a look at a KUKA Systems photovoltaicmodule manufacturing system As part of the state visit by the Dutch royal family to Germany in mid-April, Queen Beatrix accompanied by Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima, visited the new KUKA Systems module line at Solarwatt AG in Dresden. Dr. Frank Schneider (on left in picture), co-founder and CEO of Solarwatt AG, conducted the guests, including the Prime Minister of Saxony Stanislaw Tillich (middle), in person through Europe’s most modern solar module production facility. The delegation used the system installed last year by KUKA as an example of innovation taking place in the German photovoltaic industry. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes... Read More
KUKA supplies systems for bonding and sealing technology The first so-called adhesive bonding robot was installed in the body shop of a major automotive manufacturer in 1985 for hem flange bonding. As early as 26 years ago, Augsburg-based system builder KUKA Systems was a leading company in the development of new technologies. One of the early applications was glass bonding in final assembly of vehicles. “KUKA was one of the first system builders to implement bonding and sealing technology in projects in the fields of body-in-white, paintwork and final assembly,” explains Gerhard Hartmann, Product Group Manager for Technology Solutions at KUKA Systems GmbH. The advantages of the automated bonding process are not hard to find. “The uniform distribution of tension and application of force over the entire bonding surface is a major advantage. The adhesive and sealant has the additional properties of serving as an electrical insulator and providing protection against corrosion,” adds Hartmann. Deformation of workpieces through the application of heat is also avoided. Bonding technology is also indispensable for composite material construction of the future, such as plastic-steel or steel-aluminum. Adhesives and sealants There are many good reasons for the automated application of adhesives and sealants during body-in-white construction and assembly. The quality with which the adhesive and sealant bead is applied remains constant, different seam geometries can be generated quickly and easily and the application is carried out precisely at high speed. Robotic cells for bonding and sealing can be converted to fully-automatic systems using intelligent process components. Such systems might include components for machining, nozzle cleaning and positioning, as well as measuring systems and software... Read More

Promoting young talent

Posted By on 2011-02-09

KUKA Systems supports students winning the 5-Euro Business Competition KUKA Systems stands for automated production solutions of the very highest standard – and it backs winners when it comes to promoting young talent as well: During the project phase of the 5-Euro Business Competition, Sabine Neubauer, Marketing Officer at KUKA Systems, assisted a five-strong group of students of the University of Augsburg and Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. With start-up capital of just five euros, the young people set up their own company – called “Stilsicher Essen”, or “stylish eating” – and created a varied cookbook for students. And, of course, there is a website to go with it. On 2 February the team of students won first prize in the competition for idea, concept and realisation. It was the tenth time that Bildungswerk der Bayerischen Wirtschaft, the training institution for Bavarian business, had held the competition. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s managers”, said Sabine Neubauer of KUKA Systems. “The winners of this year’s competition demonstrated enormous commitment, creativity and flare in turning their idea into reality and focussing optimally on their target group. If it is to be innovative, every company needs a pioneering spirit, and that is precisely why we at KUKA Systems are happy to encourage up-and-coming talent, as it creates a foundation for the successful future of the company.” VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes... Read More
Wearing Jeans on Fridays at KUKA Systems North America is supporting various local and national charities. Over the last two years, KUKA NAO has allowed its employees to wear jeans on Friday with a $5 donation. A local or national charity is selected each month from employee recommendations. Most charities selected have personal connections with inspiring stories. The American Cancer Society and Susan G. Koman’s Race for the Cure, for example, have been selected annually to honor the KUKA NAO employees and/or their family members who have courageously beat cancer. Donations in December are also combined with the toys employees donate for the U.S. Marine’s Toys for Tot campaign. KUKA’s donations have helped hundreds of children have a very special holiday. Since its inception, KUKA NAO has collected over $16,000 just by offering its employees an option to wear denim jeans. Donations have been distributed between 18 different charities including: American Cancer Society – Relay for Life Sterling HeightsPolice/Michigan Special Olympics MacombCountyRotating Emergency Shelter Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Fallen Soldiers Fund CDLK5 Children’s Research Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Toys For Tots HaitiRelief Fund Leukemia & Lymphoma Society  Special thanks to all our employees who took part on our Casual Friday and we’re looking forward to donate again this year! by Christine Schnell VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote... Read More
KUKA and lasers

KUKA and lasers

Posted By on 2011-01-15

New technology series from KUKA Systems makes a start in this issue – part I   The robotics division of KUKA is generally known and (almost) everyone in the general public can imagine roughly what a robot is. However, the situation is somewhat more difficult with the products and services from KUKA Systems: the general public is not so widely aware of these, and they have such a multifunctional character that some explanations are required. Therefore, our intention with this new series in OrangeNews is to present the key expertise and, above all, the people behind them: What can KUKA Systems do, and who is actually behind the success of these technologies? Where are they used, and what potential do they offer? In this part, we will present the various laser technologies. Siegfried Heißler, group leader for Metal Solutions, responded to our questions. Since the 1980s KUKA has been working on the topic of lasers right from the early 1980s. Originally, only CO2  lasers were available, whose beam had to be directed to the processing optics by means of an intricate mirror guidance system. This severely restricted the possible applications with robots. Since the turn of the 1990s, the introduction of lasers whose laser light can be carried along flexible fiber optic cables has meant that the number of applications has increased significantly. KUKA Systems achieved the breakthrough in this segment in 1993 with the first fiber-guided laser system for roof welding in the body shop at Ford in Cologne. MODES OF OPERATION AND ADVANTAGES OF LASER TECHNOLOGY: As a thermal tool, the laser beam can • heat material for hardening... Read More
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