The initial situation
In Aschaffenburg, the company Kaup produces a wide variety of “hands” for fork lift trucks (for example, attachments such as multi-pallet handlers, slip-on arms, carton and drum clamps) across an area of 43,000 m² for all the big-name manufacturers. 8,000 standardized lift truck forks are produced using a fork welding robot in a system developed and installed by KUKA. The automated welding of the two plates with thicknesses between 40 and 80 mm creates the L-shaped blank of the fork. In subsequent steps, the forks are dressed to size and the welds are ground to a smooth finish.