Kuka : Designing Automation with Innovation

Several years ago, a chief technology officer of a rooftop bar in Milan, having witnessed the advances of modern technology, imagines bringing bar patrons closer to the possibilities of digitalization and automation. However, to realize this idea of combining the bar’s passion for cocktails and design with modern technology, he needs modern robotic equipment to mimic the movements of a human bartender. Lo and behold, KUKA, as one of the world’s leading automation solutions provider, introduces the rooftop bar to the world of automation with their intuitive and reliable robots. KUKA helps them build a fully automatic robot bartender ‘Toni’ combining state-of-the-art components rooted in the technology of the Internet of Things (IoT) with automation components. Toni consists of two KUKA type KR 10 R1100 and KR 6 R900-2 robots from the company’s KR AGILUS series mounted on the bar’s counter with one robot mixing the drinks and cocktails and the other assisting in the pouring process. Above these two, the robot bartender additionally holds roughly 150 bottles to mix drinks from and includes various bartending necessities such as an ice dispenser, a sink, and taps for beer, wine, and soda.

For years now, KUKA has been catering to the problems of customers, ensuring their success, with efficient, state-of-the-art automation solutions. KUKA has a wide range of industrial robots that come with varying payload capacities and reaches. Utilizing cutting edge software and innovative controllers, KUKA builds individual solutions for the customers’ manufacturing processes by working with the customers. The company also offers preconfigured products for clients that are seeking to integrate KUKA’s solutions quickly and boost productivity. With an array of production machines, KUKA enables customers to integrate standardized systems and components into customized production processes.

According to a customer’s specific requirements, the company can implement the automation components and function packages in the customer’s production system either directly or with minor modifications.
In a similar fashion to the rooftop bar’s Toni, highly efficient robots along with packaging machines with automatic format adjustment have established themselves as the backbone of food production for a long time now. With packaging of food accounting for higher than 40 percent of production costs in the food industry, KUKA’s KR AGILUS is just what the industry needs. The compact six-axis KR AGILUS in the hygienic machine variant is an easy-to-clean, smaller sized robot that with its precision enables high working speeds while ensuring the highest level of hygiene in sorting, palletizing and packing applications. It also comes in a waterproof variant that is splash-proof from all sides and performs to the best of its abilities even in the case of extreme external production conditions.

With varying payloads from 3 to 1300 kilograms, KUKA has a robot designed for every task most notably the KR CYBERTECH and KR QUANTEC PA series besides the KR AGILUS. KUKA’s KR CYBERTECH series form the world’s largest range of models in the low payload category with the greatest power density. Their CYBERTECH robots are particularly fit for space-saving cell concepts and provide high-tier performance with low follow-up costs. The second on the list are the KUKA’s KR QUANTEC PA robots, which are recognized as the fastest, strongest and most precise palletizing robots in the industry. On account of their slim design, the five-axis KR QUANTEC PA robots fulfil all modern automation requirements from minimized space requirements and shorter cycles to maximum availability and low operating costs.
  • KUKA offers customized automation solutions from industrial robots to complete production lines.

As new packaging designs, greatly shortening product cycles, and a growing diversity of variants raise new standards in the ever-increasing challenges of food industry manufacturers, KUKA focuses on catering to every customer requirement with their diverse range of solutions. As a trusted supplier of intelligent automated solutions, KUKA has been continuously reviewing its internal processes to support the company’s profitable growth. Furthermore, with safe robot systems for human-robot collaboration, mobility with integrated navigation, and modular control for connecting to the world of IT, KUKA is well on its way to impact the fourth industrial revolution.


Augsburg, Bavaria

Peter Mohnen, CEO

Headquartered in Augsburg, Germany, KUKA offers customized automation solutions from industrial robots to complete production lines. As a leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions KUKA offers its customers everything from a single source: from robots and cells to fully automated systems and their networking in markets such as automotive, electronics, general industry, consumer goods, e-commerce or retail, and healthcare. As a pioneer in Industry 4.0, KUKA offers its customers added value through the cooperation of all divisions. The company offers industrial robots in a wide range of versions with various payload capacities and reaches. KUKA offers a range of production machines which allow customers to integrate standardized systems and components into customized production processes

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