As a technology leader, KUKA has spent years shaping the future of robotics. From sensitive collaborative robots to mobile robotics and onto Industrie 4.0, our research team based in Augsburg lays the technological groundwork for innovation in industrial manufacturing and service robotics. Developments in the areas of mechatronics, operator control and programming, autonomy and Smart Data are seen as an essential part of future products and solutions. Our innovation management team provides the framework conditions required for these developments.
Intuitive operator control and programming
Robot systems are highly complex and yet must be operational within a short time for everyday production.
To familiarize our customers and partners with the technology as quickly as possible, our research department develops new concepts and devices for simple, effective and efficient operation and programming.
Algorithms, sensors, geometry
Today’s robot systems generally work in known environments where they perform predefined automated tasks.
In order for them to be more autonomous and to act intelligently in the future, we are developing new algorithms, integrating imaging and distance measurement sensors and continuously creating geometric models of the environment.
Mechatronics, safety, energy efficiency
As our robots become more powerful, they also use less energy and become more cost-effective. This is why we are continuing to develop resource-saving technologies and focusing on new materials and drive concepts.
In the factory of the future, human operators also work together with mobile and stationary robots in confined spaces. For these robots, we are continuing to develop comprehensive safety concepts and technologies.
Smart Data and infrastructure
The latest technologies for capturing and analyzing large quantities of data allow efficient handling and perfect adaptation of the robots to their applications. This is why we are investing in the research fields of Smart Data and infrastructure.
Using the system architecture and technologies developed here, we simulate manufacturing processes, virtually commission systems and thus drive the continuous development of Industrie 4.0.