40 years after the introduction of industrial robotics, a new era begins with the KUKA LBR iiwa.
“LBR” is an abbreviation of “Leichtbauroboter” (= lightweight robot) while “iiwa” is short for “intelligent industrial work assistant”, which is a title this robot stands for without a doubt.
The KUKA LBR iiwa is so smart, it can actually learn: the operator guides it by hand the first time so the coordinates of the movement could be saved in its program. It then performs the same movement by “remembering” the sequence. Moreover, for precise calibration, it doesn’t even need inital human input. With integrated mastering sensors, “observing” its surroundings, the robot is able to master itself automatically. On top of that, while performing automation tasks, iiwa is continuously “sharing” all process parameters and forces, making automation processes significantly simpler.
Intellect is not the only card this futuristic assistan has up in its sleeve though. Iiwa is also extremely sensitive, safe, flexible and precise, making it the perfect companion in human-robot cooperations. The seven axes state-of-art construction with contact detection and programmable compliance can handle fragile objects with such an ease, it is satisfying to look at. The streamlined, edgeless, aluminium design makes sure there is no harm done to humans or workpieces, but it also gives iiwa a sexy look. The robot’s kinematic system inspired by the human arm gives it the ability to carry out extremely space-savig work sequences.
To sum it up, I think it’s safe to say that the KUKA LBR iiwa is laying the foundations for the future of production processes which is more intelligent, more efficient, more ergonomic and a lot more cost-effective.