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Kuka and VIP launch new system to teach industrial robots without programming

All Kuka robots can now be “easily and intuitively” guided by hand in the workspace using a new navigation system developed by Very Important Product

The VIP Navigator was developed in partnership with Kuka.

VIP is a special-machine engineering expert and is now offering what the companies call the ready-to-use package, “ready2_pilot”, through its Navigator product.

The new system enables “quick and easy robot programming” using intuitive guidance – physically teaching the robot – instead of computer coding. 


With the Navigator, the user can manually move any Kuka robot connected to the KR C4 controller. It is also possible to create programs quickly and easily, say the companies.

Pressing a button on the Navigator saves the required movements of the robot. The software provided for these movements can record individual points or entire motion paths.

This simple operator control for the robot eliminates the need to know its coordinates, and boosts productivity by saving time, say Kuka and VIP.

“Intuitive manual guidance also helps to avoid errors,” adds Kuka.

The VIP Navigator is already in use at a number of renowned companies.

“Easy use and easy reteaching of positions make the Navigator for Kuka robots a unique product with high customer benefits,” says Kuka.