With the robot into the Smart Factory
Kuka is pushing software development with the intelligent software platform Kuka iiQoT, which facilitates data-based automation for companies.18 Nov 2021
To do this, the software takes advantage of IIoT by bundling the status data of an entire robot fleet transparently and clearly in one platform – from the hardware to the software to the controller. Instead of merely visualizing the raw data, Kuka iiQoT provides supplementary orientation parameters so that messages can be easily interpreted and errors efficiently corrected.
The IIoT platform paves the way to the smart factory, Kuka says. Key functions include asset management, maintenance, fault detection, and condition monitoring. If required, users of Kuka iiQoT can log in to the selected line and cell on the corresponding robot regardless of location and view all parameters in real time – including access to historical data. Several functional modules work together optimally to achieve this.
“The modules provide transparency and clarity for the entire fleet,” says Dr. John Flemmer, Portfolio Manager at Kuka. “This gives you valuable functions depending on your industrial application needs.” For example, in fault diagnosis, the "Fault Diagnosis," "Messages" and "Changelog" modules can be used in tandem. After a failure, which can be communicated directly via "Notifications", users can reduce the average repair time and thus production losses, or even prevent them in conjunction with “Condition Monitoring”.
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