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Industrie 4.0: KUKA and VINCI Energies strike out in new directions
source: CIMdata
The opening ceremony for the digital lab ¡°Digitalschmiede¡± of VINCI Energies Germany attracted customers, partners and employees alike.
The goal of the new ¡°Digitalschmiede¡±: to present prototypes from the Industrie 4.0 areas of Smart Industry, Smart Building, Smart Maintenance, Smart Energy and Smart City.

During a guided tour through the new facilities featuring a number of use cases, the pick-and-place application using the LBR iiwa was not just front and center in terms of the on-site layout. It also grabbed everyone¡¯s attention. During the opening ceremony, KUKA also introduced itself as a selected strategic partner in the context of the IIoT ecosystem.

Industrie 4.0 processes are visualized

In the KUKA pick-and-place application, the LBR iiwa picks up a box from a predefined location. It places the box at a setdown point and then performs the process the other way round.

For visualization of the application, the KUKA Industrie 4.0 Accelerator Team developed a customer-specific dashboard for VINCI based on a user interface.

With the aid of the connyun IIoT platform, the process data is sent to the cloud and relevant key process indicators are visualized on a dashboard. The highlight of the guided tour through the new facilities of the ¡°Digitalschmiede¡± was the KUKA pick-and-place application.

The KUKA pick-and-place application was also exhibited as a central element of the VINCI Energies booth at Hannover Messe. Significant potential is seen in the expansion of robot-based automation along with other areas. System integrator Actemium from the VINCI Energies Group is driving ahead with this.

For KUKA, this provides a real opportunity for advancement into further industries not previously among KUKA¡¯s focus markets. Examples include the chemical industry, mining & materials, oil & gas, steel & metallurgy, paper, etc.