Origami with heavy-duty corrugated board

Origami – the art of paper folding originated in Japan and is known worldwide. The art of robot-based corrugated board folding can be admired at Tricor Packaging & Logistics AG, which has its headquarters in the southern German city of Bad Wörishofen. The company specializes in the construction of heavy-duty corrugated board and packaging. And the highly productive and precise operation of the assembly machines can be credited to KUKA Customer Service.
Sensitive and precise: the KUKA LBR iiwa folds corrugated sheets. The lightweight LBR iiwa with its high‑performance servo control is able to detect contours quickly under force control
The scent of cardboard is in the air. It is a never-ending process of printing, stamping, folding and stapling. The production of corrugated board at Tricor Packaging & Logistics AG runs as precisely as Swiss clockwork.
Heavy-duty corrugated boxes for the automotive, chemical and capital goods industries roll off the production line every second – and right in the middle of it all are lots of KUKA robots. “In 2004, we commissioned a machine builder to develop a special system. However, during the start-up phase, the integrator was unexpectedly no longer available and we desperately needed the support of specialists,” remembers Lothar Heinzelmann, Engineering Projects manager at Tricor. The clock was ticking and production had to start on a scheduled date.
KUKA Customer Service proved to be the competent partner for the job. “We responded immediately after receiving a call from Tricor,” says Wolfgang Wanka, Head of Application Programming at KUKA, describing the first contact. KUKA Customer Service offers immediate support in the event of a crisis. This ‘first-aid response’ was the start of a long-standing partnership between both companies.
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