Invest in the future. Upgrade the KUKA robot controller
Orange KUKA robots are usually the focus of any application, stealing the spotlight from the robot controllers. But the inconspicuous control cabinets, together with a PC and the appropriate software, form the heart and brain of every robot unit. Over 100,000 KUKA robot systems of the KR C4 generation worldwide use KUKA.SystemSoftware (KSS 8.x) in various releases. However, from the middle of 2020 Microsoft has decided to restrict support and the supply of updates for Windows 7, which serves as the basis for many computers.
Support for Windows 7 ends in October 2020 after more than ten years
After more than ten years, support for Windows 7 will end on October 2020, creating potential security vulnerabilities in the corporate networks of many users. Upgrading to the Windows 10 operating system will be the best way to maintain a secure computer network and access to the full range of new software. KUKA robot systems are renowned for their long service life. The availability and safety of the systems are our top priority. Therefore, KUKA is offering convenient packages to help make the changeover easy.
Which package would you like? Offers beyond the update of the KUKA operating system
"We want to make the changeover to the latest release of KSS 8.6 with Windows 10 as easy and affordable as possible for our customers", says Michael Molke, Consultant Inside Sales Customer Service at KUKA. For many users, changing the operating system also means a hardware upgrade. "Because many computers are not compatible with Windows 10, we have put together various pre-configured packages that are optimally suited to the needs of our customers."
The Basic package is primarily intended for systems that are to be set up from scratch, or for application environments such as test areas, training facilities or pre-series production. "We only replace the hard disk or, if necessary, the computer and install the latest software," explains Michael Molke. The Advanced package includes a conversion of existing programs and an update of the fieldbus configuration, while the Pro package includes extensive adaptations and an update of the specific configuration.
Long-term investment security guaranteed
After the upgrade, which includes additional functions, customers will benefit from long-term planning security. Microsoft has assured support for Windows 10 through 2029. The latest KUKA.SystemSoftware is compatible with all robot mechanics of the KR C4 controller generation; and the transition to the new KR CS robot controller generation is also taking place smoothly because Release KSS 8.6 for the KR C4 and Release 8.7 for the KR CS are almost identical. If necessary, KUKA’s sales staff will clarify which package is optimal, but an upgrade will always be worthwhile.