Robotics Industry News
KMT Robotic Solutions Announces the Sale of the First Robotic Wind Turbine Blade Root End Cut and Drill System in Europe
Shape Process Automation Posted 09/27/2010
KMT Robotic Solutions, Inc. (KMT-RS) today announced the sale of the first Robotic Root Cut and Drill System for utility-scale Wind Turbine Blades produced in Europe. KMT-RS is the first and only company to supply a robotic root cut and drill solution, and currently has multiple systems in production throughout North America. This new order will be executed out of KMT-RS’s office in Ronneby, Sweden in close cooperation with its offices in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Wetzlar, Germany.
This new order builds off of KMT-RS’s success in the North American market. “Our North American customers have been pleased with the results they have achieved with their robotic root cut and drill systems” said Mark Handelsman, Wind Turbine Industry Sales Manager. “Only CNC based solutions were available prior to the introduction of the KMT-RS robotic system. Since we introduced our robotic solution, our customers have found that the KMT-RS Root Cut and Drill Systems overcome shortcomings of the CNC solutions and provide higher throughput, lower running costs, and far greater flexibility.”
“Penetrating the European Wind Turbine Blade market is an important milestone for KMT-RS” said Frank Thorn, Vice President of European Sales. “Europe remains the technology leader for the wind turbine industry with decisions impacting plants not only in Europe, but also in North America and Asia. We found that a key to our success in Europe has been our ability to transfer the technology developed in North America to our manufacturing facility in Ronneby, Sweden and our technology and support center in Wetzlar, Germany” continues Thorn. “The efficiencies that we gain by manufacturing more closely to our customers and better meeting local market needs will be a key to our success in Europe”.
KMT-RS also continues to advance the state of the technology and is offering some new capabilities in this latest system order. “Using advanced vision technology along with KMT-RS’s patent-pending AccuFind® technology to accurately locate blades is critical to our achieving the demanding tolerances of our customers” said Mike Aeschliman, Wind Turbine Product Manager. “Our customers can load blades in 10 to 15 minutes with a standard overhead crane, and within minutes of loading the blade start cutting the root end.”
KMT Robotic Solutions was formed in December of 2006 with the union of KMT Cutting Systems in Ronneby, Sweden and Robotic Production Technology in Auburn Hills, Mich. KMT Robotic Solutions has more than 3,600 robots installed around the world and more than 25 years experience developing, designing, building, servicing and supporting robotic cutting, trimming and cleaning solutions for manufacturing customers. With direct and relationship partner locations in Europe, the Americas, China, and Japan, KMT is strategically positioned to serve the global market. KMT Robotic Solutions. Creating value through automation.