A new Dimension in Robotics
Augsburg/Munich, 3 June 2014 - At this year’s AUTOMATICA, the flag-ship international trade fair for robotics and automation, KUKA is presenting a new dimension in robotics. The focus of the spectacular booth concept in Hall A4 from 3 to 6 June is on the LBR iiwa lightweight robot. In twelve different applications, the company is demonstrating human-robot collabora-tion for industrial and service robotics.
3 June 2014
Twelve practical LBR iiwa applicationsAt the large main booth, the LBR iiwa is the focal point of the joint appearance by the KUKA companies. Visitors can interact with the lightweight robot without a safety fence and experience how it is going to simplify working life in the future.
From the handling of trays in commercial kitchens and the insertion of glass display panels in plastic frames to the automated insertion of plugs in a vehicle body, the LBR iiwa takes over particularly monotonous, non-ergonomic and strenuous tasks. In so doing, it works hand-in-hand with the human operator.
“Instead of operating with safety fences and separate processes, the robot is becoming a direct work assistant for the human operator,” emphasizes Manfred Gundel, CEO of KUKA Roboter GmbH.
With this new product, KUKA is offering not only the allround work assistant in safe technology, but also application and engineering expertise in the development and construction of complete automation systems. Frank Klingemann, CEO of KUKA Systems: “The factories and production facilities of the future will be different from those we know today. In the “Advanced Technology Solutions” department at KUKA Systems, we have been working toward this development for some time now and offer the right overall solution, ranging from full automation to direct human-robot collaboration – depending on customer and process requirements. One central component is the mobile job-hopper solution KUKA flexFELLOW developed by KUKA Systems. The sensitive assistant is suitable for spontaneous automation in the case of maximum capacity utilization or bottle-necks in resources.”
KUKA and partnersKUKA is also showcasing the KUKA moiros. The award-winning concept study, in which a KR QUANTEC robot moves autonomously – mounted on the battery-operated KUKA omniMove mobile platform and using autono-mous navigation software – has undergone further development. The robot and the platform are controlled in parallel by a single controller. The flexible processing of XXL workpieces is thus also possible during motion.
Furthermore, at the booth of the VDMA initiative “BlueCompetence”, cyclists can compete directly against a robot in the “Energy Challenge” to determine whether it is the human or the robot that applies force in the most energy-efficient manner.
KUKA stands for automation – as is highlighted at the booths of partners and customers alike. A total of around 70 KUKA robots are appearing at AUTOMATICA.