The next time you sit down in a vehicle, think of the Kuka
Occubot. This sophisticated seat testing robot makes sure passengers are comfortable. The Occubot robot has the ability to run multiple tests using six measurements of force and torque.
Six-axis KR 150
, KR 180
, and KR 210
robots can be used for the Occubot system. An OccuForm dummy is used to simulate a passenger getting in an out of a seat, squirming, using a clutch, bouncing...etc. The Occubot can test a seat's ability to handle vibrations and jolts from the road. The system uses a Kuka
Control Panel KCP and a KR C2
controller. The system can be quickly reprogrammed for different seat requirements.
The Occubot is a time and money saver. Before this system, people tested seats. But this proved a tiresome job. Plus, the results were not quite as accurate as the Kuka
machine. A wide range of customized hydraulic and pneumatic systems have also been used for seat testing. But they often cost more than the Kuka
option and don't provide the same level of flexibility.