9th January 2017, Lorsch
A new competence centre is helping strengthen the composites business of PFAFF Industriesysteme & Maschinen, a leading brand in the automation engineering of sewing and heat-sealing processes with a 150-year-old heritage.
In 2015 PFAFF Industriesysteme und Maschinen GmbH and KSL Keilmann Sondermaschinenbau GmbH were merged and business is now carried out under the name of PFAFF Industriesysteme und Maschinen GmbH which combines the brands PFAFF Industrial and KSL under one roof. In late 2015 the company established its KSL Laboratory in Lorsch, Germany, a centre of excellence that the company says is unique in the industry.
The KSL Laboratory serves as the interface between complex customer inquiries and sophisticated robot and CNC technologies and, based on many years of experience and expertise, customer-oriented solutions and concepts are developed at the centre.
Feasibility studies are also carried out, prototypes and small batches are realized and special sewing heads for systems are designed and assembled. In addition, new developments are completed and various KSL machines and components are tested and optimized at the centre.
The laboratory concept significantly enhances the vital areas of pre-sales and after sales, according to the company and experienced technicians and engineers from IT, sewing technology, CNC and control engineering form the backbone of this new section.
Currently, project machines for renowned customers from Europe, the USA and Asia are designed at the laboratory and implemented in their production lines based on customer requirements. In recent months, two new machines have been implemented for preforming large parts for the aerospace industry.
The KSL Laboratory covers the following technologies:
Larger systems such as a portal sewing robot or a CNC system that is 30 metres long, are assembled at the PFAFF Industrial-facility in Kaiserslautern, since a bigger assembly area is available there. The subsequent area of application of both systems is fastening (along the Z-axis) large parts for the aircraft and space industries. The portal sewing robot works with a one thread chain stitch and is particularly suitable for three-dimensional parts; the CNC-system uses lockstitch to attach two-dimensional components (carbon fibre and glass fibre).