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.
With an extensive range of comprehensively integrated hardware and software as well as technology-based services, the Digital Factory (DF) division helps production companies all over the world to boost the flexibility and efficiency of their manufacturing processes, and to bring new products to market faster. At the site in the town of Bad Neustadt an der Saale, Siemens operates a lead factory for electric motors.
Dürr AG has developed robot cells incorporating sensitive LBR iiwa lightweight robots from KUKA that are capable of human-robot collaboration for automated adhesive bonding processes during final assembly in the automotive industry. They help to improve the quality of the adhesive bond between components such as GPS antenna covers or tanks and the vehicle body. They also save time and lower unit costs.
Over a period of seven months, more than 20 teams will be competing at the KUKA Student Award in France. Each team comprises one professor and four students. The ultimate goal is to conceive a 3D printed bridge with a newly developed 3D printing KUKA robot. For this educative project KUKA France has realized an innovative 3D printing head. The winner will be granted a KUKA industrial robot.
They have passed all of the tests and are now officially allowed to get to work at the VW plant in Wolfsburg, Germany: Since the beginning of 2016, a mobile micro-system called the KUKA flexFELLOW has been providing assistance to human colleagues during the series production of the Golf in Wolfsburg, Germany – without any protective fences whatsoever. The automobile manufacturer Volkswagen is implementing human-robot collaboration (HRC) at its vehicle manufacturing plant.
KUKA makes industrial robots for factory automation. Flex makes, well, lots of things, providing its services around the globe and offering customers sketch to scale™ capabilities – going from an idea or design, to engineering and manufacturing, through full-scale production and distribution of product. Its tagline is “Live Smarter” and its goal is to create a smarter more connected world. KUKA supplies the robotics for one of Flex’s European sites where the production line of the industrial internet is taking shape.