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Heading into a new era of intuitive, fast and powerful automation for everyone. 

This is just the start

With iiQKA.OS and the iiQKA Ecosystem, KUKA is establishing an entirely new and potent way to empower customers to meet the challenges of market demands, delivering it in stages and, expanding it over time for use on all robots KUKA offers and in all applications. By creating the iiQKA Ecosystem and automation community based on the my.kuka customer portal*, KUKA serves a powerful, network of partners and end-user, providing fast, intuitive and cost-effective robot-based automation for everyone.

What to expect and when

Starting now, the  iiQKA Pre-Launch Package will allow selected early customers to experience the versatile, easy-to-use platform and its supporting Ecosystem. The package will include the new, intuitive operating system iiQKA.OS as well as a first set of  matched software and hardware components available on the iiQKA Ecosystem Marketplace*, which can be easily installed and offer intuitive functionality for everything from grippers, to safety devices, to vision systems.

Within a matter of years, KUKA will expand the power, functionaly an offering of iiQKA.OS and the iiQKA Ecosystem step by step – together with continuously  expanding group of partners.

*requires registration on my.KUKA
  • 2022

    • Small cobot system available in the iiQKA Pre-Launch Package
    • First iiQKA Ecosystem Keystone Partner products available
    • Usable for specific applications in specific markets (e.g. pick and place, testing, material handling, machine tending)
  • Short-term

    • More complex applications possible, with a wider range of robot types including additional cobots and traditional mechanics
    • iiQKA Ecosystem expands with the launch of the iiQKA Developer Portal and further partners
    • Wider application in general industry, expanded market availability
  • Mid-term

    • Complex applications in complex environments (e.g. Arc welding and spot welding, Body in White)
    • Diverse variety of iiQKA Ecosystem partners, including components, sensors, software extensions and services
    • Migration from KSS to iiQKA.OS feasible for many existing customers
    • Verification possible for long-term automotive customer planning
  • Long-term

    • Mature ecosystem with large array of world-class partner products, solutions, and services 
    • Complete migration from KSS possible for all customers; all projects realizable with iiQKA.OS

Starting with cobots and specific applications

Perfect human-machine interaction is key to meet the needs of the production of the future, allowing flexible manufacturing in variable batch sizes with utmost efficiency. Collaborative, accessible and sensitive robots such as the LBR iisy can, work together with production workers – combining human capabilities with the efficiency and precision of machines. For this very reason, KUKA cobots play a key role in the start of the iiQKA Ecosystem and are one of the core topics that KUKA focuses on together with selected partners and experts when advancing the platform.

Growing the iiQKA Ecosystem

With the iiQKA Ecosystem KUKA works closely with our global network of partners to provide future-proof, scalable and usable automation solutions that enable non-experts to start into automation easily and at the same time improve processes for experts. For both groups of users, as well as for ecosystem partners, the advantages and possibilities will grow just as much as the Ecosystem does. So, iiQKA will offer effective distribution channels for partners, whereas users will profit from coordinated, scalable automation packages.

This method of creating automation solutions within the iiQKA Ecosystem will expand quickly within a matter of years. Working with partners, the iiQKA Ecosystem will provide a large number of applications, functionalities and services that will make the broad portfolio of KUKA hardware on which it is based the most flexible and powerful in the world of automation.

When the time comes: migration for existing customer applications

KUKA aims to have each of our customers benefit from the power of iiQKA.OS. While we start with cobots in relatively simple applications, the new OS and Ecosystem will eventually support all KUKA robots and all applications. When the time comes, and the OS supports it, KUKA will provide assistance to all customers who want to migrate to iiQKA.OS during the rollout and scaling phase. Additionally, smooth migration for existing customers has been considered from the start: the new OS will support KRL, allowing existing customers who have expertise with KSS to smoothly migrate to iiQKA.OS and use existing talent, workflows and code.

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