Tuesday, April 24, 2012

News: KUKA joins AMRC


KUKA, the Midlands-based industrial robot supplier has become a member of the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in Rotherham so it can offer greater technical support to future automation projects.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, The AMRC is a £100m collaboration among more than 40 partner organisations, comprising world leaders in the aerospace supply chain, key government offices and international academic institutions. As part of the university's Advanced Manufacturing Institute, which now employs around 180 people, they work with world-leading companies such as BAE, Boeing and Rolls-Royce, helping them become more competitive.

After being chosen to supply a number of robots for a variety of AMRC research programmes, KUKA will now take part in a broad range of projects and receive privileged access to the centre's resources and capabilities.

Their robots are currently being used at the centre for a project headed by Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems to explore automated assembly applications in the aerospace industry.

The robot supplier also provided a KR 16 model for a three-year study, which investigated the production of large aircraft components using the shaped metal deposition process.

It was part of an automated production cell, which was designed to build up components from welded wire and show how the SMD method could be transformed from an experimental concept to a commercially viable manufacturing technology.

Jeff Nowill, managing director at KUKA, said: "As the UK subsidiary of Europe's largest robot manufacturer, I feel it is not only important to give backing to the AMRC's pioneering work, but also demonstrate KUKA's enthusiasm to share its expertise with a talented group of researchers."

KUKA website

AMRC website

Images: kuka-robotics.com


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