Tomorrow’s robotics is in the clouds

New challenges, new possibilities and new chances. That’s how Joakim Lorentsson, sales manager at KUKA, concluded his seminar “Tomorrow’s robotics” at Elmia’s Automationscentralen.

“We’ve talked about Industry 4.0 for some years and now the products are here,” he said.

Joakim Lorentsson of KUKA described tomorrow’s robotics during Elmia Automation.

What is happening now is that production is moving from using independently functioning robots to linking them together to create new possibilities. That they are intelligent and connected is no longer anything new. What is now being added is a link to services via a cloud system.

KUKA Connect is the system from KUKA that links production and maintenance in a totally seamless way. Such a link is needed because industry is constantly raising its demands in terms of labour costs and faster lead times.

“You can earn your money back very quickly on such an investment because it is flexible, modular and easy to use,” Lorentsson said. “The services can be linked to the product just like you do with a smartphone. This adds value to the product and expands what can be done with it.”

In 2016 KUKA will launch a totally new user interface for its collaborative robot LBRiiwa that is fully graphic. In other words, no programming is required.

“I believe this is the next stage of development,” Lorentsson concluded.

Published
5/13/2016
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Joakim Lorentsson of KUKA described tomorrow’s robotics during Elmia Automation.
Joakim Lorentsson of KUKA described tomorrow’s robotics during Elmia Automation.