Innovative robot technology from Upper Austria conquers Indian market


For the first time, a big player in the Indian aerospace industry is investing in a premium solution from Fill.

Kineco Kaman Composites India (KKCI) is a multinational joint venture between Kaman Aerospace Group (USA) and Kineco Limited (India). The company based in Goa manufactures advanced structural components from composite materials for air and space travel. An initial order for an ACCUBOT ultrasound inspection system for through-transmission inspection of composite components has now been placed with Fill Machine Engineering in Gurten (Upper Austria). With this, the Upper Austrian machine engineering specialists are opening up great opportunities on the huge Indian market.

Gurten, May 11, 2022 – Fill is delighted with its first order from India for a complex, high-performance ultrasound inspection system. The customer, Kineco Kaman Composites, will be supplied with a high-precision ACCUBOT UT Inspection robot testing system in the first quarter of 2023. "This order opens the door to the Indian aerospace market for us. We see great potential for our innovative technologies there. Furthermore, we have the opportunity to set new performance standards for inspecting composite components in the Indian market," explains Wilhelm Rupertsberger, Head of the Plastics Competence Center at Fill.

Composite parts inspection by robot
Kineco Kaman Composites manufactures structural components and assemblies from composite materials for airplanes, helicopters, UAVs, and spacecraft, utilizing carbon-fiber and fiberglass materials as well as autoclave curing technology. As safety-relevant components, they are subjected to extensive non-destructive testing. The ACCUBOT dual-robot ultrasound inspection system is a multimodal testing system with highest levels of flexibility and dynamism. With an inspection speed of up to 2 m/s in through-transmission inspection mode, the productivity and reliability of non-destructive component testing are raised to a new level. The system architecture is designed such that other measuring and testing methods, apart from ultrasonic inspection, can be integrated into the system. Control by Siemens Sinumerik 840D sl ensures highest levels of web dynamics and precision.

Corporate data
Fill is a leading international machine engineering company based in Gurten, Upper Austria. With sophisticated high-tech systems and custom manufacturing solutions for metal, plastics and wood, Fill makes its customers the best in their fields. The automotive, aviation, sports and building industries all benefit from Fill's expertise. Since it was founded in 1966, the company has distinguished itself through enormous innovative strength, strong values and the best jobs. “If you are seeking the best solution, shape your future with Fill” is the guiding principle of the company’s more than 950 employees. “Wir sind 1! We are one!” is their vision and stands for togetherness not only with the team, but also with customers, suppliers and partners. The company is 100 percent family-owned and managed by Andreas Fill (CEO), Martin Reiter (CSO), Alois Wiesinger (CTO), and Günter Redhammer (COO). In 2021, Fill recorded sales of around 180 million euros.

High tech from Upper Austria conquers Indian market: A highly complex ACCUBOT ultrasonic inspection system goes to the customer Kineco Kaman Composites from the aerospace industry.

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