KUKA increases revenues to record level and invests in further growth

KUKA Group completed the 2017 financial year successfully and was able to surpass the previous year’s results by a considerable margin in some cases. “We continued to profit from the digitization trend over the past year. The demand for intelligent automation solutions remains strong,” states Dr. Till Reuter, CEO of KUKA AG. “At the same time, we have had to set the right course for a successful future. To a significant extent, our success is founded on our investments – in key technologies and innovative products for Industrie 4.0, in partnerships, in new business segments such as consumer robotics, and in the growth market of China,” he stressed.

KUKA invests in the factory of the future

KUKA acquires Visual Components and defines the next level in intelligent automation

FocalSpec’s UULA answers the demand for automated quality control in fast-growing medical device markets

FocalSpec, the Finnish expert in high-precision quality control devices, will launch their first 3D imaging and metrology system UULA at MEDICA Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. UULA can be used both in at-line quality control and in laboratories. It works especially well in measuring 3D topography and dimensions in medical device manufacturing as well as studying seal integrity of medical packages.

Robopac’s TechLab laboratory: continuous innovation of product and process

A preview of the virtual system that enables to discover the potential of the industry's most advanced research laboratory was presented at Pack Expo. An experience that will be repeated in the new Georgia headquarters.

No false moves

Encoders from SICK monitor and secure motion sequences and ensure precise and efficient processes. They will detect the exact speed, revolution, path, or angle of a movement and deliver the result to the process control or the Cloud in data that can be used for further calculations.

Complete control over the entire production process

Clearly-displayed information enables production managers to make informed decisions and resolve issues quickly. By connecting sensors, machines and users and by combining vast amounts of production and quality data within seconds, the EPROMI (Enterprise PROduction Management Intelligence) solution offers complete information with the degree of transparency required. Inspection results and the relevant process parameters are displayed in customer-specific cockpits and support operational and strategic decision-making processes.

Care-O-bot® 4 celebrates its première as shopping assistant

In January 2015, Fraunhofer IPA presented a prototype of the “Care-O-bot® 4” service robot. The charming helper is now proving its worth in the real world. “Paul” the robot has been greeting customer in Saturn-Markt Ingolstadt since the end of October 2016 and directing them towards their desired products.

Outstanding, quiet-running and indestructible

The toothed belt axes in the HM-B series from HIWIN which have now won the iF DESIGN AWARD are extremely stylish, powerful and adaptable.

Intelligent bending techniques: 47 bends, 140 seconds

The production of lines for braking systems, air conditioning units and similar devices with a length of 1500 mm and tiny diameters of as little as 18 mm represents a real challenge when it comes to bending technology, specifically with regard to handling. After all, to be economical, production processes also need to be swift. And precision and quality are factors that are just as important.

Outstanding positioning modules from HIWIN

HIWIN provides a new generation of toothed belt axes (HM-B) and spindle axes (HM-S). Their characteristics: Extremely high manufacturing quality, performance density and precision, combined with a successful design, which has already won the prestigious iF Design Award.

Okuma’s SERVONAVI dramatically improves accuracy and cycle times

Okuma introduces their high-precision application SERVONAVI as part of their line of Intelligent Technology features. Available on almost all of the manufacturer’s machining centres, lathes and multitasking machines, the application is able to increase surface quality, reduce production time and to undo the effects of wear and tear in older machines.

Motor vehicle construction benefiting from new laser joining processes

Production flexibility, cost-efficiency and sustainability both in regard to products and production processes are focal points during the construction of lightweight bodies for motor vehicles. Innovative laser joining technologies are almost predestined for this task since they can be used to produce highly durable lightweight structures cost-effectively.

Antriebstechnik für die vernetzte, hochflexible Anlagenautomatisierung

Für zukunftsorientierte Maschinen- und Anlagendesigns im Rahmen des Konzepts Industrie 4.0 ist intelligente, funktional variable Antriebstechnik erforderlich.

TradeWorld gains momentum

TradeWorld 2016 has expanded its exhibitor base and will occupy a prominent spot in Hall 6 at the heart of LogiMAT 2016. The trade platform is a veritable information hub, with solutions for designing, managing, and digitizing your processes in purchasing, marketing, sales, payment, distribution, returns management, and after-sales.

Flexible, durable, simple to use

euroTECH expands their range of vacuum handling solutions with a vacuum tube lifter series. The versatile lifting and positioning aids can be used in almost all areas and impress with simple handling and ergonomic single-handed control. The robust vacuum tube lifters are manufactured with high quality craftsmanship, offer the highest standards of safety and quickly pay for themselves. The vacuum tube lifters are available immediately for numerous standard applications. euroTECH offer tailor-made complete solutions from a single source for individual applications.


Machine and plant designs that live up to the German "Industrie 4.0" framework and the similar concept of the "Industrial Internet of Things" require smart drive technology with high flexibility and functionality.

Laser marking

Laser marking systems can be simply integrated, are easy to operate and mark objects in readable form for machines - in spite of reflecting surfaces.

Good signs for the world's leading trade fair

With barely one year to go until the next VISION trade fair, preparations for the event are underway and the prospects are very promising, as the organisers announced during the VISION/VDMA (German Engineering Federation) CEO Round Table in Frankfurt.

Intelligent, adaptive drive control

NORD DRIVESYSTEMS is showcasing smart control solutions for synchronous and induction motors at the 2015 SPS IPC Drives exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, in hall 3, at stand 218. The SK 200E frequency inverter series is a centerpiece of the presentation.

Seamless Tracking from the Meat Production to the Supermarket

Each day, around 400 pallets with meat containers leave the production facilities with having one of the 100 stores that belong to the Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz as their destination. Now, the cooperative Migros Ostschweiz is about to roll out an RFID-based data pool that allows a gap-less tracking of transport boxes from the meat production until the supermarket. “RFID im Blick” talked to Kai Porankiwitz, Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz.

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