Leading German robotics manufacturer KUKA Robotics launched a new robot at the Automatica in Munich recently.
Designed to revolutionise the way people manufacture and automate, the new range of industrial robots, called the ‘LBR iiwa’ (pronounced ‘LBR eewa’) features 7kg or 14kg payload and is the leading edge of the new Industry 4.0 robots, which are designed for manufacturing with Human and Machine Cooperation (HMC) in mind.
Greg Sale, CEO of KUKA Robotics Australia, who was at Automatica for the launch, said the new generation of robots has features that allow work without traditional safety fencing; being able to start and stop the robot with the soft touch of the hand takes the whole operator/machine relationship to a new level.
Also impressive are features such as using the sensitivity of the robot to check the correct weight of the product being picked up, or waiting for a product to bump it before it picks it up, making the use of external sensors redundant; or closing a machine door just like a human would, with variable force, all without the need for external or add-on devices. LBR iiwa is the first industrial robot to have force torque sensors on all of its seven axes.