Members press release

Kuka, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier member

A new generation of robotics - The sensitive LBR iiwa lightweight robot from KUKA opens up new possibilities in automation and can work safely together with the human operator

The lightweight robot LBR iiwa - intelligent industrial work assistant - is on the one hand an intelligent helper for industrial tasks and additionally opens up new fields of application in service and medical robotics. It is sensitive, compliant, precise and flexible, and is equipped with mechanical systems and drive technology for industrial operation. It makes it possible to automate delicate and complex automation tasks in which the use of robots was previously inconceivable. Furthermore, the lightweight robot is predestined for collaboration with the human operator. This opens up entirely new automation options - as the Augsburg-based robot and system builder is demonstrating at AUTOMATICA 2014 in Munich.

Based on the human arm

With 7 axes, the LBR iiwa is based on the human arm and can be operated in position and compliance control. This, combined with the integrated sensor systems, endows the lightweight robot with programmable sensitivity. Its high-performance collision detection function and integrated joint torque sensors in all axes make the LBR iiwa an ideal solution for delicate joining processes and allow the use of simple tools. Its low weight, 7 axes and streamlined design make it ideally suited to confined installation situations and allow very easy integration into existing production systems. The LBR iiwa is available with payload capacities of 7 and 14 kilograms. KUKA thus offers the first, and only, lightweight robot with a payload capacity of over 10 kilograms.  

With its sensitivity, the LBR iiwa has also opened up a new chapter in human-robot collaboration, i.e. direct cooperation between the human operator and the robot. It acts as the "third hand" of the operator and can work directly with humans, without the need for a safety fence. It can relieve the human operator of arduous, non-ergonomic tasks, such as inserting plugs in a vehicle body. The lightweight robot thereby closes holes in the body with rubber stoppers. An awkward job for the worker in an uncomfortable position. Meanwhile, the worker can take over other responsibilities. The lightweight robot can even be used in the confined interior of a vehicle. It can move backwards and forwards in the vehicle body and carry out screw fastening tasks, for example. Placed on a mobile platform, the LBR iiwa can support wherever it is needed.

The KUKA lightweightrobot LBR iiwa opens up new possibilities in automation: