Greater flexibility through automation
The mechanical engineering company has relied on industrial robot technology from ABB for many years, and has now further expanded their collaboration with regard to the highly sought-after fiber technology. In the KFT 90, the ABB robots are used for tool handling and product pick-and-place. These systems enable Kiefel to achieve move rapid development and faster commissioning for its customers, as well as making the machine more flexible to adapt to other product variants.
Awards ceremony in exceptional circumstances
Due to the corona pandemic, this year's award ceremony was primarily virtual, with a small group also meeting at Kiefel. The award was presented by members of the ABB team, Gabi Gutter-Johansen, Local Business Line Manager General Industry, and Sebastian Spanfelner, Senior Sales Manager, to the Kiefel team.
"In ABB we have found a partner with whom we can meet the diverse requirements of our customers in fiber thermoforming," explains Peter Eisl. "Since we are already working at full speed on further developments, we are pleased about this recognition on our shared path." Kiefel is one of four European winners of this year's award and is the only German recipient.
It was not until August of this year that ABB included Kiefel in its in-house “Authorized Value Provider Program”. This certification allows the machine manufacturer to offer its customers special advantages in sales, service and engineering, e.g. even faster support on a global level, access to demo robots or the further development of interface integrations.