KUKA Robotics has received a key order from the aircraft industry. The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus S.A.S. has placed a blanket order with KUKA for the delivery of 41 “omniMove” mobile platforms for assembly of the Airbus A350 XWB. The assembly platforms will be used in the French, British, German and Spanish Airbus factories to sub assemble the plane’s wings and fuselage sections. The term of the blanket order is five years.
“omniMove” precision mobile platforms feature an extremely flexible horizontal range of motion in all directions, and they can also rotate on the spot. A specially designed system of wheels makes them exceptionally maneuverable in tight spaces. Bulky parts can be handled within a very small envelope. A large variety of devices can be installed on the platforms. KUKA Roboter GmbH purchased “omniMove” in 2006 to round out its product portfolio and has since enhanced the technology. This key order for “omniMove” platforms from the aircraft industry reflects the continuation of KUKA’s successful strategy to expand its non-automotive, general industry business.
KUKA Robotics Corporation, with its parent company KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial robots. The company’s 4, 5 and 6 axis robots range from 5kg to 1000kg payloads, and 635mm to 4000mm reach, all controlled from a common PC based controller platform. KUKA robots are utilized in a diverse range of industries including the appliance, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, logistics, food, pharmaceutical, medical, foundry and plastics industries and in multiple applications including material handling, machine loading, assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing.