Over the next decade, KUKA Predicts that a growing number of people around the world will be working with robots. With automation being “one of the most important megatrends of our time,” the technology presents more and more opportunities, despite its challenges, to automate workflows.
KUKA is a global automation corporation that supplies intelligent automation solutions to its customers. The company offers a range of products from robots and cells to fully automated systems. KUKA operates in multiple markets such as automotive, electronics, metal & plastic, consumer goods, e-commerce/retail and healthcare.
KUKA In Brief
Sales: roughly €2.6bn
Headquartered: Augsburg, Germany
CEO: Peter G. Mohnen
KUKA: Mission 2030
Making easy automation available for everyone, KUKA’s Mission 2030 focuses on meeting the worldwide shifts with its experience in robotics and global network, combined with flexible data-driven automation solutions.
“Bringing industrial intelligence to every corner of the planet and providing easy access to robot-based automation - that is KUKA’s goal - not only improving the experience of automation for those who are already experts, but allowing even inexperienced newcomers to benefit from intuitive implementation and simple operation of automation solutions,” said KUKA.
Easy to set up, Easy to operate, Easy to extend
“Our mission until 2030: automation will be available to everyone – retaining the well-known KUKA power and reliability while being simpler and more intuitive at the same time. This will lower the entry threshold and allow new customers to grow into automation powerhouses themselves. Programming a robot will soon be as easy as working on a PC today,” said Peter Mohnen, CEO of KUKA Group.
For KUKA the idea to be ‘easy’ is guiding its creation of automation solutions for the next era of manufacturers. Ranging from easy access to ecosystems for developers and end-users, to easy setup, configuration and easy operation, KUKA aims to combine this with readily available software and hardware components
“It will be a modular, future-proof operating system with a simplified user experience creating an exceptional customer value: the iiQKA Ecosystem.”
To achieve its mission goals, KUKA is increasing its active membership in various strategic alliances, alongside strengthening and diversifying its network of partners.
“Partners whose broad expertise meets the needs of individual industries and who will, together with KUKA in a global automation community, shape the future of automation. Partners with whom KUKA is creating and developing the Ecosystem of the future – for experts in robotics and automation, but also for people who have never thought of using a robot before. Accompanying them all into the new world, reducing their costs and increasing their benefits – that is KUKA’s top priority, together with its renowned partners,” said KUKA.
The Challenges of Today and Tomorrow
COVID-19 changed supply chains, workflows, and manufacturing production. As new technologies being developed help industries adapt to this change sustainably, automation, robotics, and digitalisation will be important elements for companies to develop a robust and resilient line-up in the future.
“After the coronavirus pandemic, there will be a real push towards more automation, especially in logistics and healthcare, which will have a major impact in the medium term,” said Peter Mohnen, CEO of KUKA AG.