11. Sep 2023
Paul Köster GmbH supports research in the field of individualised, robot-assisted hybrid component production
Medebach. What does robot-assisted 3D printing has to do with the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Meschede and Paul Köster GmbH in Medebach? Quite a lot! Professors and students in the field of automation technology at the University of Applied Sciences are currently researching a process for the production of customised hybrid components. A crucial element of this project is a robotic cell. It is the core of the manufacturing process that is being eagerly experimented with. It was supplied by Paul Köster GmbH, which, as a special machine construction company, is also a specialist in the field of automation.
Robot technology essential in special mechnical engineering
Modern automation is now an integral part of almost all manufacturing processes in the fast-developing special mechanical engineering sector. "We build highly complex machines with a high degree of automation, individually tailored to the customer's requirements. That's where the use of robots plays an essential role in the design and implementation of these systems," says Christopher Köster, one of the three managing directors of Paul Köster GmbH. In order to always be at the cutting edge of technology, as a future-oriented company, they are always highly interested in new, innovative development processes.
"That is why we are pleased that with the delivery of the robot cell we can make an important contribution to supporting the research work at the University of Applied Sciences in Meschede.In concrete, the research project entitled "Manufacturing of hybrid components - additive and robot-supported" is intended to demonstrate the advantages of this form of manufacturing process for individualised hybrid components compared to classic 3D printing. Furthermore, the testing of various durable connections of metal and plastic as well as the optimisation of the structure is another focus of the development work at the UAS.
Combined vocational training and degree at the UAS, apprenticeships and internships at Paul Köster GmbH
With the order and the delivery of the robot cell, Paul Köster GmbH and the UAS underline their close and trusting cooperation. "For many years, the University of Applied Sciences has also been an important partner in the context of our apprenticeships. Our combined vocational training and degree students in electrical engineering complete the theoretical part of their studies there. Using the example of the current development project at the UAS, the studies are extremely practically oriented and thus very exciting and interesting for the students. The cooperation is therefore a win-win situation for our company and the university on many levels," says Alina Köster, responsible for human resources at Paul Köster GmbH. In addition to the combined vocational training and degree programme, the company offers young people qualified, future-oriented training in a wide range of professions. In addition to the combined degree programme, the company offers young people excellent opportunities for a successful start to their careers with its qualified, future-oriented training in a wide range of professions and the possibility of internships to get a taste of the professional world.