Outside view of KSA's premises

Company History


With twenty-five years of experience in automated peen forming, KSA has an unrivalled level of expertise in process development and material flow:

1993: Foundation of KSA Kugelstrahlzentrum Aachen GmbH as a spin-off of RWTH Aachen
1999: Start of co-operation with leading European aerospace manufacturers on the Automated Peen Forming (APF) of tank bulkheads for ARIANE 5
2001: Installation of a customized automated peen forming facility at KSA in Aachen
2001: First certification in accordance with EN 9100 for Controlled Shot Peening and Automation Solutions
2003: Installation of a customized peening facility at Airbus in Nordenham (Lower Saxony)
2008: Construction of a second customized peening facility in Aachen
2013: Beginning of feasibility and qualification process of Automated Peen Forming (APF) for gore panels of a large American launcher
2015: Start of feasibility and qualification process for tank bulkheads and cylindrical parts for ARIANE 6
2016: Implementation of APF for gore panels of a large American launcher
2017: Introduction of Automated Peen Forming (APF) for ARIANE 6 tank bulkheads
2018: Implementation of Automated Peen Forming (APF) for tank bulkheads of a second American launcher