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Latest Mobile Robot Acts as "Third Hand" in Reducing Throughput and Idle Times

KUKA Robotics is showcasing the latest in mobile robotics with the KMR iiwa at this year's Automate show.

KMR, an acronym for KUKA Mobile Robotics, signifies KUKA's expertise in freeing industrial robots from their traditionally permanent factory floor mounts in a safe and intelligent way, making them more flexible and functional than ever before.

The KMR iiwa is a combination of KUKA's lightweight, collaborative LBR iiwa robot with the KMR mobile platform featuring our unique mecanum wheels with nearly infinite degrees of 2D freedom. The KMR iiwa offers the ability to cut manufacturing process throughput times and reduce idle times, as well as ensures your robotic assets are being utilized to their full potential.

Fully autonomous and safe navigation with the KMR platform are possible thanks to laser scanning and live-mapping, with immediate reaction if a person or object moves into its path.

The lightweight LBR iiwa robot is the first series-produced sensitive robot suitable for human-robot collaborations (HRC). It acts as the "third hand" of the operator working directly with humans, without the need for safety fencing. This intelligent helper for industrial environments makes it possible to automate delicate and complex automation tasks in which the use of robots was previously inconceivable. The LBR iiwa from KUKA is available in two payloads: 7kg and 14kg with reaches of 800mm and 820mm.

Also on display is KUKA Connect, KUKA's new cloud-based software platform that provides customers access to, and analytics of, their robots at anytime, anywhere on any device. Built on open global standards, KUKA Connect securely leverages cloud computing technologies and big data analytics to provide customers maximum visibility into their connected KUKA robots.

KUKA Connect is a subscription-based platform that requires zero software installation and provides customers immediate access to new features and functionalities. The KUKA Connect platform will also continually host new services to provide insight and support for additional KUKA devices.

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