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KUKA: at the forefront of global robot technology

2014 is an important year for KUKA, the global industrial robot manufacturer. A few months ago, KUKA's new Asian factory in Shanghai was just completed, covering an area of 20000 square meters. A few days ago, Kong Bing, CEO of KUKA robot (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., was interviewed by China industry daily at the new factory. He said: China is the only overseas production factory of KUKA robot in the world except the German headquarters

be a global technology leader

as one of the four largest manufacturers of industrial robots in the world, KUKA company has an annual output of more than 18000 industrial robots, and has installed more than 150000 industrial robots in the world so far. In 2013, the company's global turnover was 1.8 billion euros

from the development of the first pure electric robot to the present, KUKA's technology has always been relatively leading in the industry. From the earliest dedicated control system, the resistance produced by materials, to the later use of industrial PC as the control system, and then to the later use of windows as the human-computer interaction interface, KUKA is at the forefront. Kong Bing said that the modular concept of robot body, which is the offset structure commonly used by articulated robots, was also promoted by KUKA at an early stage. KUKA recently released the latest generation of light sensitive 7-axis robot iiwa, which can work completely with humans. Generally speaking, the range of activities of machines and people should be separated, because robots have a large working range, and there are certain uncertainties and dangers in the path. However, our newly developed robots can work together with humans without any isolation. The reason is that it has built-in many safety sensors, including torque sensors, etc. when a collision occurs, it will actively avoid it. At the same time, we have adopted the latest control system, namely sunrise system based on Java, which provides programmers and users with more room to play

therefore, from the perspective of the entire robot industry, KUKA is a technology leader. We hope that KUKA's advanced technology can be more widely adopted to achieve better application systems and better use experience. Kong Bing said from this

Kong Bing, who has a professional background in mechatronics and more than 20 years of experience in robotics, can be called an expert in the robot industry. When talking about the key issues and development direction of the robot industry, he has his own experience

for a company that produces robots, having its own core technologies, including core controllers, drivers and strong R & D capabilities, is the key to the expansion and strength of the enterprise. Kong Bing talked about the development of the industry. Another key is the application link, that is, how to understand the use and environment of robots, what functions need to be realized in the application, how to track the development of the latest technology, and how to improve or add functions closer to user use and user friendliness

constantly expand the application field

from the development of the entire robot industry, its earliest application field is not entirely in the automotive industry, but some heavy and even dangerous types of work. Later, the application of robots gradually expanded to the production line, because with the gradual development of the automotive industry, professional production has become the mainstream, especially with the labor cost, the performance parameters and index values of the machine equipment meet yb/t5126 93; Gb/t5029 (8) 5 the provisions on the reverse bending method of building reinforcement plan are increased, and the demand for alternative labor is also increasing. Since 2000, general industries such as food and beverage industry, electronic manufacturing industry and later solar energy industry have begun to enter professional and large-scale production, which requires a lot of manpower. The same reason also promotes the wide application of robots in these industries. When analyzing and comparing the two application fields of robots, automobile and general industry, Kong Bing said

but now China has reached a certain stage of industrial development, and like other developed countries, it has encountered the problems of labor shortage and rising costs, so the requirements for industrial automation are becoming higher and higher. So now, in addition to the automotive industry, robots are increasingly used in general industry. We expect that in the future, the application scale of robots in general industry will not be smaller than that in the automotive industry, and from the perspective of future development trend, it should be much larger than that in the automotive industry

in terms of the sales of KUKA, Kong Bing said that the sales of KUKA robots in the automotive industry now account for about 50% to 60%, and the other 40% to 50% should be general industry. Specifically, Kong Bing listed 3C industry, namely, computer, communication and consumerelectronic industries, as an industry with a large number of employees in China, and also an industry with a large number of potential applications of industrial robots

in the global automotive industry, KUKA robots are used in the first place, which is certainly a good thing. In recent years, KUKA is studying how to expand its focus to general industries other than the automotive industry, so as to further expand its channels and customer base

close to the huge Chinese market

the launch of the new Asian plant is undoubtedly an important step in KUKA's global strategy. Kong Bing also spoke highly of it from the strategic level. In China, automation solutions based on industrial robots have a huge market. KUKA Shanghai factory will make greater contributions to China's industrial automation solutions. 2. The cylinder adopts hydrostatic oil film gap sealing technology

when it comes to the operation planning of KUKA's new factory in Shanghai, Kong Bing said that it is expected that the annual output of robots in the new factory will reach 5000 units. If the future market development is good, we may have a larger goal. This year is our first year of operation, and our goal is to achieve local production of more than 3000 units

with regard to KUKA's idea of investing and building factories in Shanghai, Kong Bing said that now China is becoming an increasingly large market, and its development speed is the highest in the world. KUKA needs to be close to the market and respond quickly to market demand. Secondly, current customers, especially those in general industry, have higher and higher requirements for the delivery time of robots, which has prompted KUKA to further improve the rate of localized production. The biggest advantage of building a factory in China is to improve the market reaction rate. It takes at least six weeks for products manufactured in Germany to be transported to China by sea and customs clearance, while local production saves at least a lot of logistics time. However, Kong Bing stressed that KUKA is a German enterprise, and we all hope to localize whether in China or globally. But localization needs to be done step by step. We must maintain the quality of KUKA robot before we gradually localize it, and we will not localize it for the sake of localization

when answering the question about whether China's economic slowdown will have an impact on the operation of KUKA, Kong Bing said with a smile: No, I can't feel it on the whole. According to IFR statistics, the growth rate of industrial robots in the Chinese market is 15%, and our goal is not lower than it. As for China's market share, we hope to have a relatively large share

maybe the development speed of China's GDP will slow down now, but the development of automated production and intelligent manufacturing is accelerating. Kong Bing revealed that they have felt the urgent needs of some Chinese manufacturing enterprises for automated production and industrial robots. Some manufacturers come to us and let us tell them how to do automated production. Some manufacturers even call us and say, come and help us see where robots can be used. Therefore, for our entire automation industry, including industrial robots, we have been moving upward. Because different types of tests require different fixtures, we do not feel the impact of the economic slowdown, which is a completely different feeling

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