KUKA to use youBot in manipulation competition

Aug 12, 2013

KUKA is a leader in innovation in the robotics world and create events such as youBot for competitors. They do all they can to get the word out there about robots, inviting engineers and creative minds around the globe.


KUKA, a giant in the Ger­man indus­tri­al robot­ics indus­try, has been around in some form or anoth­er since the 1800s. In the last 30 years or so, KUKA has emerged as a dri­ving force behind indus­tri­al robot­ics in Europe and worldwide.

Accord­ing to a July 2013 arti­cle from Robot­ic Trends, KUKA is host­ing a mobile manip­u­la­tion com­pe­ti­tion, invit­ing engi­neers and cre­ative minds from around the globe to come up with new appli­ca­tions in the mobile manip­u­la­tion field. The most use­ful and inno­v­a­tive appli­ca­tion stands to win 20,000 euros. Appli­ca­tions are to be judged based on orig­i­nal­i­ty, tech­no­log­i­cal readi­ness, eco­nom­ic impact and oth­er criteria.

The robot being used for this com­pe­ti­tion, the youBot, was unveiled by KUKA a few years ago, accord­ing the arti­cle. The youBot is a flex­i­ble mobil­i­ty robot with sev­er­al open inter­faces. The robot has omni­di­rec­tion­al wheels and a five-axis arm. There is a two-fin­ger grip­per attached to the arm which is sim­i­lar to the grip­per used by Canadarm on the Inter­na­tion­al Space Station. 

The youBot can be used in sev­er­al appli­ca­tions. One of the most recent was IKEA fur­ni­ture assem­bly with MIT researchers. These robots can per­form sev­er­al dif­fer­ent mate­r­i­al han­dling appli­ca­tions. And, giv­en a quick change in end effec­tors, they may become even more flex­i­ble. Though, the idea of a mobile robot with a saw blade for, say, a cut­ting appli­ca­tion, does seem a lit­tle scary.

While the dead­line has already passed to enter this com­pe­ti­tion, the appli­ca­tions that come out of it are sure to help fur­ther improve appli­ca­tions through­out the indus­tri­al robot world.

Robots​.com engi­neers appli­ca­tions for KUKA robots on a dai­ly basis along with their cus­tomers, but they’re not giv­ing out prize mon­ey. Instead, they’re hand­ing their clients a state-of-the-art robot­ic sys­tem that will auto­mate their appli­ca­tions and improve their productivity.

Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor for KUKA Robot­ics, has sev­er­al robots avail­able for pur­chase and cus­tomiza­tion. Grant­ed, they are not mobile like the youBot, but they are six-axis artic­u­lat­ed robots that have mount­ing flex­i­bil­i­ty and can per­form a wide range of tasks from assem­bly to pal­letiz­ing to arc weld­ing to routing.

For more infor­ma­tion on design­ing your own appli­ca­tion with a KUKA robot, con­tact Robots​.com today online or at 8777626881.

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