With today’s opening of the DLR ZLP – short for National Aeronautics and Space Research Centre of the Federal Republic of Germany – Center for lightweight production technology – in Augsburg, also we at KUKA Systems could celebrate a milestone. Where the DLR institute explores the conditions for industrial use and efficient production steps for processing fiber composite materials in the future, KUKA has delivered a multifunctional cell (MFZ) and other testing cells. The dimensions of the huge MFZ is staggering, 32.5 meters in length, 16 meters in width and seven meters in height.
Not only a construction and design masterpiece under the project management of Stefan Bayer, also a big challenge and a real masterpiece for our assembly colleagues around our site manager Aydin Yüksel. But the positioning accuracy of the hanging installed robots is two tenth of a millimeter.
When the project was launched about three years ago, Stefan Bayer received the specifications and was asked if we could realize this, he answered in his Swabian-Bavarian serenity “Scho” (= indeed!) – today this anecdote was announced by the Head of the DLR-Institute Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Voggenreiter to guests from politics and economics. A clear and proud proof of the fact that we at KUKA Systems sometimes make the technically impossibility almost possible.
For KUKA Systems personally I see a big step going forward in automated and industrial handling and processing of fiber plastic composites, such as carbon fibre or other lightweight materials.
Pictures of the opening event here.