Robots & Automation

Shorter development cycles by use of 3D printing

To develop and build robotic arms and grippers smart and efficiently, KUKA reaches out for innovative technologies like 3D printing. In the design process of new robots and new custom applications they early and often use 3D printing to fasten the development cycles.

KUKA LBR iiwa lightweight robot tests the possibilities of Industrie 4.0

An HRC-capable KUKA LBR iiwa is integrated into a training environment at the Institute of Production Systems (IPS) at the Technical University of Dortmund. The system incorporates IPS research results pertaining to Industrie 4.0. This means students can learn all about the production of the future. They work hand in hand with the collaborative robot and learn how to program it.

Experience matrix production live in the KUKA SmartProduction Center

Experience today the production of tomorrow at the KUKA site in Augsburg. In the KUKA SmartProduction Center, the versatile and flexible matrix solution becomes reality. Different products can be manufactured on the same system – customized production is possible.

Humans and robots – side by side

Poor concentration and fatigue – never! Robots have always been seen by their human counterparts as reliable and indispensable “colleagues”. They are now increasingly handling the welding, bending, cutting, separation, transfer and storage of pipes and tubes. Thanks to artificial intelligence and machine learning, robots are set to become even more flexible and will eventually replace purely repetitive robots altogether.

Virtual and real production worlds are merging

The force with which the digital transformation is starting to steamroll automated production will be obvious at automatica 2018, in Munich from June 19 to 22. Terms like cloud robotics, deep learning and smart production are no longer just catchwords, but instead are increasingly becoming experienced reality.

MindSphere: The cloud-based, open IoT operating system for digital transformation

As the world becomes increasingly connected, digitalization – using digital technologies to transform business operations – is a key differentiator that will enable companies to remain competitive. Digitalization promises lower costs, improved production quality, flexibility and efficiency, shorter response time to customer requests and market demands, and also opens up new and innovative business opportunities. 


At Japan’s largest trade fair for healthcare, KUKA is showcasing an LBR Med ultrasound demo. It represents a potential application in which a sensitive robot can assist a physician. Visit the KUKA booth from 21 to 23 February at the international trade fair for the medical sector at Intex Osaka.