KUKA at the European Robotics Forum 2017

“Living and working with robots”

Over 700 engineers, managers, researchers and entrepreneurs from all over Europe met at the ERF in Edinburgh to discuss current robotics topics and to intensify collaboration.This year’s motto has been “Living and working with robots”. The agenda included new initiatives and applications for every sector and technology – from artificial intelligence to Industrie 4.0.

The ERF is an information and discussion forum for all those interested in industrial and service robotics as well as in their significance for society.

Dr. Rainer Bischoff, Head of KUKA Corporate Research

Beer Paulii

KUKA demonstrated the possibilities of sensitive robotics in an entertaining way with “Beer Paulii”. Together with its human service colleagues, the “bartender robot” carries out all the necessary steps: it grasps a bottle of beer, opens it, picks up a glass, rinses it and pours the wheat beer in perfect fashion. The bartender robot is a KUKA lightweight robot LBR iiwa which has sensitive joint torque sensors in all seven axes. They enable it to recognize whether thebottle is full or empty by its weight, to grasp the glass without breaking it and to open the bottle by applying just the right amount of force. This makes the LBR iiwa ideally suited for human-robot collaboration.


KUKA, as one of the largest European robot manufacturers, is a Sponsor of the event and steers the future of European robotics through lectures, workshops and debates.

Dr. Bernd Liepert, Chief Innovation Officer at KUKA

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