Welding with KUKA robot and robotics promotion at the company Zapamet

Robotics is increasingly spreading, but there is still much to do in Poland when it comes to the knowledge on robotics significance. Zapamet, which is one of the official integrators of KUKA robots, wants to promote benefits from using robots in industry. The company creates a unique presentation and educational workplace in its headquarters.

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.


How to promote robotics?

I started to think about creating a presentation workplace in which I would locate KUKA robots so that we can turn clients attention into our solutions and robotics in general - says Piotr Ziętek - our company manufactures robotic workplaces customised to the client’s needs. First and foremost, these are customers operating in the  the automotive industry. Devices we develop for them are very sophisticated welding machines which solve various technical issues, e.g. technical problems arising from thermal deformations during the welding process. Robotic devices are perceived as 
a  standard in the automotive industry
. We want to show best solutions to those who still have no much knowledge that robots are available and can pay off.

Arc welding cell with KUKA robot

We also want to educate young people. We would like to organize meetings for students and show them at our workplace how a robot may be used. We are thinking about students of mechatronics, automatics and robotics faculties, who can visit us and familiarize themselves with robots. I believe that it is now when we need to think about future personnel.

Piotr Ziętek, owner of Zapamet

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.


Sonia Cyba, Technologist-Welder in Zapamet

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.

Mateusz Sekuła, automatics specialist and a software developer in Zapamet as well as the designer of the presentation workplace, is also happy about it.
- It will allow us to present our clients possibilities which provide robotic welding - says the engineer - It also means growth for us. We will be able, amongst others, to carry out tests concerning welding of difficult materials, such as aluminium, Inconel or titanium. The presentation workplace itself is to be developed in the future. If we want to expand its possibilities, e.g. if a client is interested in more developed automatics, we can also do this. Depending on how it will be prepared for a given presentation, the stand  will respond to both basic and more advanced needs of clients.

Mateusz Sekuła, Automatics Specialist and Software Developer in Zapamet and Tomasz Nowak, Director KUKA Poland

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.

KUKA and Zapamet
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.
A room with KUKA robot is already in place at Zapamet. Works to complete the workplace are in process. The workplace should be ready at the beginning of 2020. First company awaits the start-up. It is a mining company that is interested in welding using KUKA robot.
The company Zapamet was established in 2013. The Company’s team is composed of experienced specialist in welding, machining, automatics and 2D and 3D designing. The Zapamet headquarters are in Rzuchów, Silesian Voivodeship.
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