Kuka demonstrates cloud-connected robotic machining cell

Kuka has demonstrated a cloud-connected robotic work cell which it says represents “the next step towards the production of the future”. Kuka recently showcased many of its technologies at the China International Industry Fair for the first time since joining the Midea group. The company is promoting what it calls its “ready2_use packages”, which the … Continue reading Kuka demonstrates cloud-connected robotic machining cell

Kuka launches mobile app for monitoring its robots

Kuka has launched a mobile app for monitoring its robots.  The app – called Kuka Connect – is available for both iOS and Android platforms. The company says the app features push notifications, which enables real-time fault discovery and the automation of routine maintenance scheduling. 

Kuka wins ‘major’ contracts worth $75 million from US automotive manufacturer

Kuka Systems has received three major new systems contracts from “a leading manufacturer of premium vehicles in the US”, according to the company. The projects comprise the engineering and construction of systems to build vehicles body structures in the USA and Mexico, says Kuka. Kuka estimates the order value to be approximately $75 million, and … Continue reading Kuka wins ‘major’ contracts worth $75 million from US automotive manufacturer

Kuka to double production capacity in China in bid to overtake ABB and Fanuc

  Kuka is determined to take advantage of its alliance with Chinese household appliances manufacturing giant Midea to become the largest robot maker in China.  Already one of the largest industrial robot manufacturers in the world, Kuka was taken over by Midea some months ago in a move currently being scrutinised by the European Union, … Continue reading Kuka to double production capacity in China in bid to overtake ABB and Fanuc

ABB doubling investment in China to see off challenge from Kuka and surpass Fanuc

  ABB has a significant lead in the industrial robotics and automation market in China, but it seems somewhat wary of Kuka.  The company recently decided it would double its investment in its research and development facility in China, and effectively make it the company’s global R&D HQ. ABB currently employs 17,000 people in 139 … Continue reading ABB doubling investment in China to see off challenge from Kuka and surpass Fanuc

Kuka launches autonomous mobile robot for logistics

Kuka has launched an autonomous logistics robot in the form of a mobile platform which are by now quite familiar in the logistics industry.  The robot maker says its Kuka KMP 1500 navigates using the SLAM method, which stands for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, utilising laser scanners. It adds that the robot is highly flexible, and … Continue reading Kuka launches autonomous mobile robot for logistics

Kuka to replace entire Agilus range of small robots

Kuka says it is working on innovations and improvements which will lead to the replacement of its entire Agilus range by the end of this year. Kuka says the small robots of the KR Agilus series already feature “impressive speed, extreme agility in confined spaces, short cycle times and maximum precision”. But Kuka has now … Continue reading Kuka to replace entire Agilus range of small robots

Kuka expected to roll out collaborative robot on autonomous platform in more factories

Kuka is expected to make its mobile collaborative robot available to more factories, partly as a result of its takeover by Midea, the Chinese home appliances manufacturer.  Midea has many large factories where a mobile robot which can also pick and place objects would be very useful. Kuka’s collaborative robot is called iiwa, and it’s … Continue reading Kuka expected to roll out collaborative robot on autonomous platform in more factories

Kuka wins multi-million-dollar order to supply robotic work cell to make batteries for electric vehicles

Industrial robotics and automation company Kuka Industries has received an order from what it says is “a leading European manufacturer in the automotive industry” to supply a battery production system.  Kuka Industries, which is part of Kuka, would not say which company it was which placed the order, but it has supplied the same company … Continue reading Kuka wins multi-million-dollar order to supply robotic work cell to make batteries for electric vehicles

Kuka celebrates production of 2 million Jeep Wranglers

Kuka is apparently rather pleased with itself for having helped produce 2 million Jeep Wranglers.  A few days ago, the Kuka Toledo Production Operations celebrated the completion of its two millionth Jeep Wrangler body-in-white. Kuka says it’s “the latest milestone in a stellar history that has seen this unique plant rank consistently among the quality … Continue reading Kuka celebrates production of 2 million Jeep Wranglers

Kuka wins prestigious Red Dot design award for industrial robot

Kuka has won a prestigious design aware from the Red Dot organisation, which runs a competition which analyses products from an extensive range of industries. The award that Kuka won was in the Red Dot industrial product design category, and it was for its industrial robot, the KR CyberTech (pictured). Kuka says the jury’s reasoning … Continue reading Kuka wins prestigious Red Dot design award for industrial robot

Volkswagen and Kuka research ways to use robots for future electric and autonomous cars

The Volkswagen Group is researching ways in which robots can be used in the future when cars become more electrified and computerised as a result of increasing demand for clean and autonomous vehicles.  The German automaker, which owns the Audi, Bentley, Seat, Porsche and Lamborghini brands among others, is working one of the world’s largest … Continue reading Volkswagen and Kuka research ways to use robots for future electric and autonomous cars

Kuka to build personal assistance robot business with Midea

Kuka, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial robotic arms, is planning to expand into the area of personal assistance robotics.  This is according to an article on FT.com, which quotes Kuka chief executive Till Reuter. Reuter told the FT that he sees potential for using Midea’s reach into the household appliances market to … Continue reading Kuka to build personal assistance robot business with Midea

RoboMotion and SoTec demonstrate cloud robotics solution using Kuka Agilus

Industrial automation integrator RoboMotion and software company SoTec have demonstrated a robotics solution which enables users to control an industrial robot through their smartphones. The two companies say they have developed an integrated solution which enables “robot control from the cloud”, and used the system to control an industrial robot made by Kuka. The solution essentially eliminates … Continue reading RoboMotion and SoTec demonstrate cloud robotics solution using Kuka Agilus

Daimler orders millions of dollars worth of industrial robotics tech from Kuka

The robotics division of Kuka has received what the company describes as “a major new order in the double-digit million euro range” from a German premium car manufacturer. The framework agreement with the Daimler encompasses the supply of multiple industrial robots of the KR Quantec generation and the integrated KR C4 controller, as well as robots … Continue reading Daimler orders millions of dollars worth of industrial robotics tech from Kuka