KUKA launches ready2_pilot hand guide robot


Automation delivers several advantages for companies, particularly in case of dangerous, strenuous, or monotonous tasks. However, the most challenging part is how to teach the mechanical assistant what it should do? Well, KUKA has a solution to that – KUKA ready2_pilot.

By using KUKA ready2_pilot, the operator controls the robot using hand guiding via the Commander. The employee guides the robot manually along a workpiece using the “Commander”, a type of 6D mouse, and “shows” it what it is supposed to do. The motions are converted to commands via the wireless connection to the teach pendant; these commands can then freely be modified or added to as required. This helps record tasks quickly by simply moving your hand. As easy as doing it yourself: hand guiding of an industrial robot with ready2_pilot. The Commander can be attached directly to the robot in just a few steps and responds very sensitively

Even people with little experience quickly get used to the robot in this way and simply give it tasks without the need for in-depth training or certification. Furthermore, the Commander is multifunctional and can be used equally with all robot types.

Dieter Rothenfußer, Handling, Machining & Processing Portfolio Manager, KUKA, said: “With our hand guiding system ready2_pilot, employees work practically hand in hand with the robot. Guiding the robot arm feels almost like carrying out the welding, drilling, or bonding task yourself.”

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