The Collaborative KUKA LBR iiwa Series AKA Your Third Hand

Jul 9, 2016

Te LBR iiwa robot by KUKA offers a sensitive and lightweight robot that brings improved precision. It is a collaborative robot that can work side by side with human workers without the need for safety barriers or fencing. It has 7 axes and bionic kinematic systems, offering users an overall increase in throughput and product quality.

KUKA LBR iiwa Collaborative Robot Series

KUKA brings to you its very first indus­tri­al, sen­si­tive, light­weight robot; the LBR iiwa. LBR” stands for Leicht­bau­ro­bot­er,” which is Ger­man for light­weight robot. The LBR iiwa is made of alu­mini­um which affords it a huge weight sav­ings. The iiwa” stands for intel­li­gent indus­tri­al work assis­tant” as it tru­ly becomes a col­league and third human hand. After all, it was designed to mim­ic the human arm with its 7 axes and bion­ic kine­mat­ic systems.

The KUKA LBR iiwa series opens up a vari­ety of oppor­tu­ni­ties for the indus­tri­al robot­ic sec­tor as human and robot now begin team­ing up and com­plet­ing tasks side by side, in very close prox­im­i­ty, work­ing with very pre­cise and sen­si­tive tasks.

LBR iiwa turns safe­ty pre­cau­tions super­flu­ous as every­thing you need is already in its HRC pack­age. With col­lab­o­ra­tive robots, there is no need for addi­tion­al costs such as safe­ty fences, cur­tains, or cir­cuit­ry. This not only saves costs, but opens up the door to a wide range of tasks that indus­tri­al robots could not pre­vi­ous­ly tack­le. Ulti­mate­ly, col­lab­o­ra­tive robots are quick­ly gain­ing speed and paving the way for greater cost-effec­tive­ness and increased effi­cien­cy in the work place.

The col­lab­o­ra­tive robots in the KUKA LBR iiwa series, in par­tic­u­lar, have amaz­ing sen­so­ry capa­bil­i­ties. These help to ensure the utmost safe­ty, pre­cise pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. Addi­tion­al­ly, the LBR iiwa pro­vides soft­ware that enables fast teach­ing and sim­ple oper­a­tor con­trol and con­tin­u­ous­ly pro­vides flex­i­ble solu­tions to tack­le tasks that were pre­vi­ous­ly off-lim­its or not eco­nom­i­cal­ly viable.


The LBR iiwa has inte­grat­ed sen­si­tive joint torque sen­sors in all sev­en axes that enables the pro­duc­tion of the most del­i­cate assem­bly tasks with­out dam­age. The sen­si­tiv­i­ty of the sen­sors allows for cost sav­ings as it exerts just the right amount of force to avoid cost­ly col­li­sions. Fur­ther­more, it doesn’t require com­plex or expen­sive tools and has low­er main­te­nance require­ments. These sen­sors also pro­vide the LBR iiwa with incred­i­ble repeata­bil­i­ty and self posi­tion­ing ability. 

The sen­sors also pro­vide amaz­ing accu­ra­cy and pre­ci­sion. Even if the sur­round­ings change, the per­for­mance of the LBR iiwa remains the same. There is no need for periph­er­al equip­ment, because of the high­ly pre­cise and accu­rate sen­sors, if the work piece is not posi­tioned prop­er­ly, the LBR iiwa will still pick them up and assem­ble them correctly.


The LBR iiwa enables the high­est form of human-robot col­lab­o­ra­tion in indus­try. There is pio­neer­ing con­trol tech­nol­o­gy and intu­itive oper­a­tor con­trol. The con­troller is opti­mized for fast start ups for all types of appli­ca­tions, even com­plex ones. 

The LBR iiwa robots teach­ing and pro­gram abil­i­ties could not be any sim­pler. It runs on intu­itive oper­a­tor con­trol and all the oper­a­tor needs to do is pro­vide a demon­stra­tion by guid­ing the robot to its desired posi­tions, by hand. As this takes place the coor­di­nate points of the cor­rect path get saved to the pro­gram database.


In the con­stant­ly chang­ing tech­ni­cal world, it is impor­tant to have a solu­tion on your pro­duc­tion line that offers adapt­abil­i­ty and flex­i­bil­i­ty. The LBR iiwa series is the answer as it pro­vides more ergonom­ic, effi­cient, inno­v­a­tive, and cost effec­tive solutions.

Two Options:

There are two robots in the LBRA iiwa series avail­able to allow for flex­i­bil­i­ty based on a spe­cif­ic appli­ca­tion’s best inter­est. Both of the robots have an IP54 safe­ty rat­ing and a stream­lined design to help elim­i­nate pinch points or sharp edges that could be haz­ardous to work­ers. The num­bers respec­tive­ly respond to the pay­load and reach. Both robots can be mount­ed on the floor, ceil­ing, or wall, and will be paired with the KUKA Sun­rise Cab­i­net controller.

  1. The LBR iiwa 7 R800
  2. The LBR iiwa 14 R820: The num­bers respec­tive­ly respond to the pay­load and reach. This robot can be mount­ed on the floor, ceil­ing, or wall, and will be paired with the KUKA Sun­rise Cab­i­net controller.

Con­tact us online or call us today at 8777626881 to place an order for one (or both!) of the col­lab­o­ra­tive robots from the amaz­ing KUKA LBR iiwa series. 

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