Location-independent and highly flexible production assistant
With the KMR iiwa
, KUKA is combining the strengths of the sensitive LBR iiwa lightweight robot with a mobile and autonomous platform. In Hall 7 at the KUKA headquarters in Augsburg, the robot has now become a location-independent, highly flexible production assistant with an unrestricted workspace – an ideal basis for meeting the requirements of Industry 4.0.
Flexibility is the basic prerequisite for the versatile and adaptive production of tomorrow. Thanks to its specially developed Mecanum wheels, the platform of the KMR iiwa can move in any direction from a standing start. The robot and vehicle are operated with the KUKA Sunrise controller, which is capable of handling multiple kinematic systems, thereby considerably simplifying operator control and use in practical applications.
Additional environment scanners on the vehicle allow obstacles to be detected. The Li-ion batteries used supply the vehicle and robot directly with power. The SLAM navigation software developed by KUKA enables the KMR iiwa to move safely, fully autonomously and without cable connections. The system is of modular design and can be expanded with additional hardware as required by the individual application.
Capable of reacting flexibly to customer and market requirements
By increasing the degree of automation in its own production, KUKA is setting the course for the future. “While Industry 4.0 is still being discussed in many places, we have already begun living it in our production facility. Investments in automation such as with the KMR iiwa in screw logistics applications ensure our long-term success,” says Andreas Ostermann von Roth, describing the motivation for using the mobile robot. “In the future, we will be able to react more quickly to customer and market requirements much more flexibly,” he predicts.
Source: KUKA Roboter GmbH