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Elbrus, Eiger, Zugspitze: KUKA goes alpin

Robotics and mountain sports? At first glance, an almost impossible combination. But employees and customers have proven otherwise and taken KUKA to dizzying heights. We show the unusual pictures.

Teresa Fischer
July 27, 2021
Reading Time: 2 min.

Probably the highest robot in Germany

Bright blue skies and a magnificent panorama – a great view for this little KUKA robot. In the luggage of Lukas Geiger and Lukas Harbauer from the Munich Technical School, the model of the KR QUANTEC traveled to the highest peak in Germany. After their course at KUKA College in Augsburg, the two technicians climbed the nearly 3,000-meter-high Zugspitze. The summit photo is a thank-you to KUKA robotics trainer Patrick Mack, who had granted the two course participants a wish and given them a robot model. “I jokingly told them to send me a picture with the robot from the mountain.” As a thank you, they did indeed receive pictures – of what is probably the highest robot in Germany.

KUKA on one of the Seven Summits

Mount Elbrus in the Russian Caucasus measures 5642 meters. Depending on the geographical boundaries, this makes it the highest mountain in Europe and thus one of the “Seven Summits”, one of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Georgiy Gavashelishvili, an employee of KUKA Russia, was not deterred by these impressive dimensions. On reaching the summit, the high-altitude mountaineer – pictured wearing a yellow jacket – pulled out a flag with the KUKA logo. And we take our hats off to this achievement.

A robot in the face of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau

Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are the names of the three peaks that together form a striking triumvirate in the Swiss Western Alps. The Eiger in particular has become world famous with its dreaded north face and quite a few dramatic attempts to climb it. An impressive backdrop, which can be seen in the picture from the mid-station of a cable car. Here, the KUKA robot assists employees in loading and unloading mountain carts. So, there is little time for views – no matter how spectacular they are.

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