KUKA Robotics Corp. Offers Robotic Arms for Medical Devices, Hosts Grand Opening


Shelby Township-based KUKA Robotics Corp. will be hosting the grand opening of its new Metal and Arc Tech Center from Nov. 29-30 at its headquarters. The Tech Center allows engineers to test new technologies and customized solutions without disrupting their own facilities.

The company also offers training to robotics technicians on its equipment to mediate the skilled trades’ shortage.

The event will showcase 13 live robot demonstrations, highlighting KUKA’s KORE Carts for education, mobile platforms, and Metal and Arc pre-configured robotics packages. The company will offer four 30-minute presentations on mobile robotics and mobile platforms, Ready2Use Packages, KUKA Connect and the Internet of Things, and Pre-Engineered Systems.

The office is located at 51870 Shelby Parkway and the event is open to companies looking to automate manufacturing processes or learn about updates in robotic technology. Presentations run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3-7 p.m. on Nov. 29 and 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 30.

KUKA will also be demonstrating the first robotic component certified for integration into a medical product during the 2017 Radiological Society of North America show in Chicago from Nov. 26-30.

The LBR Med lightweight robot has a range of capabilities including: ultrasound scanning, needle biopsy, suturing, and more. Visitors will be able to interact with the robot and see its demonstrations, including an ultrasound application. The robot’s torque control feature allows users to feel the force feedback on the phantom.

“The robotic assistance systems developed in cooperation with our medical product manufacturers make us the leading supplier of technology for customers in the medical technology sector,” says Michael Otto, vice president of KUKA’s healthcare and advanced robotics division. “With our application developments, we aim to make a major contribution to patient safety and meet the high requirements of medical technology.”

The KUKA Group, based in Germany, has annual global sales of $3.5 billion and employs 13,200 worldwide.