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Over 50 years ago, KUKA established rotary friction welding as an industrial joining process. The product portfolio of KUKA welding machines was expanded in 1994 with the takeover of machine manufacturer Thompson Friction Welding (UK). Since then, KUKA has been one of the global market leaders in this field with more than 1,200 rotary friction welding machines installed in over 44 countries.
With our unique KUKA Tech Centers at Augsburg (Germany) and the Thompson welding competence centre in Halesowen (UK), we are able to test the practical viability of the innovative concepts of tomorrow. We also offer additional services, such as process validation, prototype construction or small series, or take care of the entire manufacturing process in multiple-shift operation.
Machines custom-tailored to your needs
KUKA has various rotational friction welding machines in its product portfolio with a forge force between one and 10,000 kilonewtons. This range covers even the most difficult components. Whether you opt for our new, compact and universal Genius series or special machines for particular components – the range of machines offers two different design types that are tailored to your requirements. Special sizes and designs, such as double-spindle machines and machines of vertical design, are available on request.
Rotational friction welding machines from KUKA: prepared for Industrie 4.0
Integrating KUKA rotational friction welding machines into your production network is a proven means of increasing your productivity. This requires open interfaces and intelligent control. As a manufacturer of flexible systems for automated production, KUKA has the experience and expertise to develop and implement cost-effective complete solutions with high process reliability. With their easily accessible working area and the network capability of the controller, our rotational friction welding machines offer ideal conditions for the new era of Industrie 4.0.