KUKA Systems launches research center in U.S.

October 23, 2009

KUKA North America has opened the KUKA Development Center (KDC) at its headquarters in Sterling Heights, Mich., near Detroit.

Specializing in joining technologies like laser welding, the KDC becomes the second dedicated research center within the KUKA Systems Group, along with the KUKA TechCenter located at global headquarters in Augsburg. The KDC's mission includes adapting KUKA-branded solutions and new technologies for use by the company's North American automotive, energy, aerospace and logistics markets, as well as entirely new markets. Other services include process development, training, and safety certification.

Peter Busuttil, director of technology for KUKA North America and head of the KDC, said the center's opening comes at a time of great need and opportunity. "Many of our customers have lost a lot of their internal funding – and with it a portion of their expertise and R&D capacity. We enable that for them."

The KDC is drawing on KUKA's European experience with laser welding of steel and its own expertise in aluminum welding and joining different types of metal. Vendors of lasers and robot end effectors are partnering with the KDC to develop new automation solutions, not only for automakers but other industries, said Busuttil.

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