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KUKA receives Innovation Award

Augsburg, 24 March 2015. With its LBR iiwa lightweight robot, KUKA has won the German Business Innovation Award in the large company category. CEO Dr. Till Reuter was presented with the award at a gala in the Gesellschaftshaus at the Parlamentsgarten in Frankfurt attended by around 500 guests from the worlds of business, science, politics and society.

24 March 2015

KUKA receives the German Business Innovation Award for the LBR iiwa and the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award for autonomous navigation

The German Business Innovation Award is the world’s first innovation award and is presented in four categories. For the 34th time now, the partners of the award are acknowledging the most significant scientific, technical, corporate and intellectual innovations in German business. The prize is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

Technology Transfer Award for flexible autonomous navigation in the production environment

One week earlier, KUKA picked up another renowned award: the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award that was presented at the European Robotics Forum in Vienna. KUKA received this award together with the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg for the successful technology transfer with the title: “Flexible Autonomous Navigation for Industrial Shop Floor”.

The technology transfer includes various processes for autonomous navigation, allowing the implementation of entirely new production and logistics concepts in the Aerospace and General Industry (GI) sectors using KUKA omniMove heavy-duty platforms. Autonomous navigation forms the basis for various mobile robotic applications and can be applied to any vehicle, with or without a robot arm.

I am delighted by these awards. They are recognition of our innovative strength. Human-robot collaboration and autonomous navigation are also important key technologies for the factory of the future. Winning an award is always a team effort. I would like to thank all those colleagues who have worked on our innovative product – the LBR iiwa – and contributed to its success.

Dr. Till Reuter, CEO KUKA AG
source: A. Vanhorn/B. Hartung