Precision as a high requirement
In this particular case, the KUKA lightweight robot LBR iiwa inserts gear actuator pistons into the transmissions – precisely and gently doing a very repetitive task. “This kind of transmission has very high requirements for precision,” says Ivan Slimák, General Manager at the Vrchlabí plant. “For example, we have a lot of moving parts with very, very tight tolerances.”
Common journey: Human-Robot teamwork and Industrie 4.0
Human-robot collaboration on the factory floor has entered a new dimension following removal of the safety fencing that normally surrounds industrial robots. Škoda Auto, MATADOR Group and KUKA are the corporate descendants of firms that began business on the periphery of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Their combined journeys have taken them from the conclusion of the Industrial Revolution to the commencement of Industry 4.0 in which humans and robots increasingly work together and factories become more data driven.