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KUKA Sunrise.OS Med 2.6: latest software release for the LBR Med lightweight robot in medical applications

KUKA Sunrise.OS Med 2.6 is the latest software release for the CB certified KUKA LBR Med robot. The new and improved software was developed to meet the growing needs of medical device and system manufacture who utilize the LBR Med in their medical application.

24 March, 2022


The latest KUKA Sunrise.OS Med 2.6 – is based on Java 8 and Windows 10 and thus enables rapid commissioning of the LBR Med lightweight robot, which can be used for a wide range of medical applications. The connection of the robot controller to the customer’s individual hardware and software is assured by a wide range of interfaces.

Safety is a top priority

Particularly in the case of medical applications, safety is naturally of significant importance.

When utilizing the LBR Med special safety functions on the hardware and software side can be used to monitor the external forces. The software also allows users to monitor the velocity and position of the robot. This latest release Sunrise.OS Med 2.6 also provides the ability to monitor the robot’s relationship with its environment with unique geometries. This could be utilized to prevent collisions with the medical cart or other known physical features.

LBR Med medical robotics applications

Additional software available with Sunrise.OS Med 2.6


KUKA Sunrise.FRI Med

An optional convenience feature when developing a medical device based on the LBR Med is real-time communication (KUKA Sunrise.FRI Med) with the robot controller. Real-time communication is very important, particularly in the field of medicine. It means that operations can be planned very precisely based on different imaging methods; this is enabled, for example, by controlling each individual axis of the robot at very high communication rates. For Sunrise.OS Med 2.6 we now offer both cartesian and joint space commanding for real-time operations.

KUKA Sunrise.Servoing

Using KUKA Sunrise.Servoing Med, it is possible to change the programmed motion of the robot, for example from specific points to a flowing path. This valuable feature could be utilized for patient breathing compensation during a procedure or 3D vision-based applications.

KUKA Sunrise.PreciseHandGuiding Med

The KUKA Sunrise.PreciseHandGuiding Med option package enables our customers to carry out very precise manual guidance of the LBR Med while at the same time restricting certain motions and degrees of freedom of the robot. Handguiding the robot has become a common practice in medical applications, but now you can define constraints during these motions. Constraints include moving in only orientation, translation, a plane, or a cartesian vector, like along tool Z axis.

KUKA Sunrise.IncreasedStiffness Med

Increased stiffness of the LBR Med in position control enables medical applications for reduced payloads and defined workspaces. These robot applications are used in surgery and orthopedics. For example, if the robot must drill into a bone, then it must have a certain rigidity and not be pliable. Here, the LBR Med can be programmed to be less sensitive to external influences such as collisions using KUKA Sunrise.IncreasedStiffness Med. In this way, the motion to compensate for the collision can be suppressed.

Why switch to KUKA Sunrise.OS Med 2.6?

The latest Sunrise.OS Med 2.6 offers increased system response times, improved programing interfaces, flexibility with brake testing, evolved handguiding, and improved state listener for integrating into customer specific software. With these changes and the new key features available in Sunrise.OS Med 2.6 the overall feel and response of your medical system will be greatly improved for the medical device manufacture and physician.

By switching to KUKA Sunrise.OS Med 2.6, your team is ushering in the future of medical robotic technology. No other robotic platform offers as many application possibilities as the LBR Med with its associated software. The system software is not just an advancement, it is considered a platform for the future. Furthermore, the new KUKA Sunrise.OS Med 2.6 software meets the necessary requirements for integration into a medical device: IEC 62304:2006 (First Edition) + A1:2015.

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