The KUKA Roboter GmbH, with its headquarters in Augsburg, is a member of the KUKA Aktiengesellschaft and ranks among the world’s leading suppliers of industrial robots. Core competencies are development, production and sale of industrial robots, controllers and software. The company is the market leader in Germany and Europe and number one in various industries worldwide. KUKA Roboter GmbH employs about 4230 people worldwide. In 2015, sales totaled 909,6 million Euro. 26 countries provide a presence in the major markets of Europe, America and Asia.
The use of industrial robots has increased steadily in recent years. For KUKA’s customers, automation “made by KUKA Roboter” is the decisive key to higher productivity and greater cost-effectiveness. It improves product quality, reduces cost-intensive use of materials and minimizes the consumption of dwindling energy resources. Robots replace the rigid and expensive special machines that were still customary fifteen years ago with highly flexible automation solutions.
In the past, industrial robots were used almost exclusively in the automotive sector and in series production. Thanks to the systematic ongoing development of KUKA robot and control technology, KUKA robots have now become established in many other sectors besides the automotive industry. The primary objective here is the development of applications in new markets – particularly in the fields of foodstuffs, plastics, metalworking, foundry, electronics, medical technology and the entertainment industry.
KUKA is the one robot supplier that has dedicated itself to simplifying every dimension of robotics. The company is committed to supplying flexible solutions for all areas of automation. KUKA establish the robot as an intelligent assistant. He assists human workers with his high quality work and also enables the economic use of robots to small and medium-sized enterprises.
Even today, KUKA is capable of implementing the networking of production and the digital world that is required for Industry 4.0. Automated production facilities have been a reality all over the world for many years. The “Internet of Robotics” already exists. However, these highly efficient, flexible systems have been specific, one-off solutions up to now, individually adapted to the particular customer’s requirements. If industry succeeds in defining open communication and data standards and establishing them worldwide, production processes will become interoperable even far beyond the factory gate. Only then will the “Internet of Automation” come into being – a Cloud solution which fully exploits the potential of combining comprehensive production data, novel production processes, flexible networking and responsive components.
Open networking and collaboration are the core ideas of Industry 4.0. This paradigm shift is already underway at KUKA today, indeed the company is deliberately forcing the pace. After all, robots will play the key role in the factory of the future. By taking these measures, industrial nations – above all Germany – will be able to expand their competitiveness and, at the same time, counteract demographic change. Consequently, Industry 4.0 is neither a Big Bang nor a buzzword that is devoid of meaning; instead, it is a sustainable investment in our future.