KUKA established this special form of solid-state welding as an industrial joining process more than 50 years ago. With the Genius, KUKA is now offering a compact and modular friction welding machine with up to 300 kN of forge force for the flexible implementation of friction welding processes for a broad product range.
KUKA Genius in detail
Optimal accessEasy access - Generously dimensioned operator and maintenance doors enable optimal access from above and at the front of the machine.
Integrated light curtainShort cycle times and utmost safety - Integrated light curtain for cycle time optimization with the highest safety level
User-friendly operator panelTouch screen operation with clearly structured menu navigation makes it quick and intuitive to learn how to operate the Genius. A digital operating manual with search function and maintenance schedule further increases user friendliness.
Flexible swarf conveyorThanks to the optimized design, equipment for swarf removal can now, for the first time, be optionally positioned at the side or rear of the machine.
Transport-friendly designPlug & play - Integration of hydraulic and electrical equipment reduces the floor space requirement and simplifies transportation and installation.
Working areaImproved ergonomics and a readily accessible working area for convenient loading and retooling. The easy-to-clean interior enclosure protects cables and piping from dirt and damage.
With the KUKA Genius, it is possible to configure a large number of technology modules with customers according to their requirements – precisely as necessary for the component, production planning and manufacturing strategies of the future user.
Winner of multiple awards
Red Dot Design Award
German Design Award Special 2016
In the “Excellent Product Design” category, KUKA also received the German Design Award Special 2016 for the Genius. This award recognizes particularly innovative products and projects as well as manufacturers in the international design sector.
Industrie 4.0 Innovation Award
Among other things, the cloud application facilitates horizontal and vertical integration, ensures resource efficiency and conforms to the reference architecture for Industrie 4.0 (RAMI 4.0).
• Double-slide system with two center clamps for long components
• Defined-angle positioning of the components
• Automatic compensation of length tolerances (via active travel control)
• Virtual inertia welding
• Cycle time reduction by means of light curtain and automatic doors
• Steady rest & swarf conveyor
• Tool changer for flash removal
• Intelligent user administration with identification chip (EKS)