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Engineering expertise

For almost three decades, the name KSA Kugelstrahlzentrum Aachen GmbH has been synonymous with engineering expertise and innovation in the field of shot peen forming. Our mission is to provide you, the customer, with Automated Peen Forming (APF) and Automated Peen Re-shaping (APR) solutions which are tailor-made to your specific technological needs.

Through close collaboration and consultation, we find the best possible peen forming approach for your individual components. Technological excellence and top customer satisfaction – these are the principles which have made KSA a valued partner in the space industry for many years.

KSA premises in Aachen

Dr.-Ing. Frank Wüstefeld (left) with fellow co-founders

Commitment to our customers is the key to project success

With almost thirty years of experience in automated peen forming, KSA has an unrivalled level of expertise in process development and material flow

Preloader
  • 1993

    Foundation of KSA Kugelstrahlzentrum Aachen GmbH as a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University

  • 1999

    Start of co-operation with leading European aerospace manufacturers on the Automated Peen Forming (APF) of tank bulkheads for ARIANE 5

  • 2001

    First certification in accordance with EN 9100 for Controlled Shot Peening and Automation Solutions

  • 2001

    Installation of a customized automated peen forming facility at KSA in Aachen

  • 2003

    Installation of a customized automated peen re-shaping facility at Airbus in Nordenham (Lower Saxony)

  • 2008

    Construction of a second customized automated peen forming facility in Aachen

  • 2011

    Introduction of Automated Peen Re-shaping (APR) for aircraft components

  • 2013

    Start of qualification process of Automated Peen Forming (APF) for gore panels of a large American launcher

  • 2014

    Start of feasibility and qualification process of APF for orthogrid panels for ARIANE 6

  • 2015

    Start of qualification process of APF for tank bulkheads and cylindrical parts for ARIANE 6

  • 2016

    Introduction of series APF of gore panels for a large American launcher

  • 2017

    Introduction of series APF of ARIANE 6 tank bulkheads

  • 2018

    Introduction of series APF of tank bulkheads for a new American launcher

  • 2019

    Completion of qualification process of APF for ARIANE 6 parts

  • 2020

    Implementation of series APF for a wide variety of ARIANE 6 parts