The term ‘robotics’ has become very popular in recent years.
More and more companies worldwide notice the potential in automation of processes and the related benefits. Industrial robots are promoted under every geographical latitude, and leaders using such solutions have not changed for years. Most robotic countries are China, Japan, South Korea, the United States of America and Germany. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), these countries generate over half worldwide sale of industrial robots.
What about Poland compared to them? In the Vistula country, robots are also becoming more important but we are still behind global leaders. Piotr Ziętek, the owner of the Zapamet company, which constructs advanced industrial devices based on KUKA robots, claims that the key to development of robotics in Poland is to consistently broaden its awareness. According to him, it concerns mainly entrepreneurs and students in technical high schools, as well as in universities. The owner of Zapamet wants to promote robotics, using experience and resources of the company, as well as close cooperation with the Polish branch of KUKA.
Support for young specialists
A presentation workplace with KUKA robot, which is developed in Zapamet headquarters is to also support the development of young specialists already working for the company. One of them is Sonia Cyba, who works at the position of technologist-welder. She is a graduate of production engineering faculty, who undergoes supplementary education as part of her postgraduate studies at the Technical University of Silesia. Sonia Cyba intends to carry out aluminium welding tests in the presentation workplace we are developing, which are to be the basis of her postgraduate thesis.
Learning robotics in practice
The show room will allow us to carry out tests and gain experience - says a young specialist - We will start from simple tests to undertake more complex topics in the future. I know that Mr Peter wants to cooperate with universities. It is rather difficult to organize robotic workplace at the universities, where students could see how it works in practice. It is a really good supplementation of knowledge for someone who just started to learn this profession.
Advantages of KUKA robots
Spectrum of companies which can be interested in robotic welding machines is wide. Possibilities offered by KUKA robots in this area are wide as well. Their particular quality is rail accuracy, which allows for achieving an ideal welded joint. Advantages of KUKA welding machines are also user-friendly operation and relatively low costs of use, as well as the availability of compatible welding equipment, amongst others, of Austria Fronius company which for years has been one of the leaders on the market. Tomasz Nowak, Director of KUKA Polska, sees a chance for further development of possibilities of KUKA robots in the initiative of Zapamet, in particular concerning difficult materials.
As KUKA, we support processes regarding robots and software, which is solutions aimed at improving their software. However, specialist in these processes are our system partners, such as Zapamet, which using our equipment are able to create customized, very specialist workplaces. Such cooperation translates into the growth of both parties. I like a lot the idea of the workplace which is developed at Zapamet. On one hand, it is the development of possibilities concerning welding of difficult materials, whilst on the other hand, it is education for young graduates of robotics faculty. As a global leader and manufacturer of industrial robots, we always support such initiatives - underlines Tomasz Nowak.