KUKA to meet growing IIoT demand from manufacturers

Posted on 24 Nov 2017 by Jonny Williamson

KUKA and VINCI Energies in Germany intend to collaborate in the development and implementation of digital services as well as applications for IIoT.

KUKA robot integrated with Huawei 5G technology - image courtesy of Huawei and KUKA.
KUKA and VINCI Energies aim to offer tailor-made solutions to meet the growing demand for IIoT solutions – image courtesy of Huawei and KUKA.

Based on the IIoT platform from KUKA, the VINCI Energies brands for ICT and industry – Axians and Actemium – will implement holistic IIoT solutions technologies from design to system integration.

Through this cooperation, KUKA and VINCI Energies aim to offer tailor-made solutions to meet the growing demand from manufacturing companies for data-driven process optimization.

The target markets of VINCI Energies and KUKA complement each other perfectly – thus making it possible to develop cross-industry solutions.

With the collaboration, KUKA is also purposefully expanding the programming scalability of IIoT microservices from its internal platform provider, connyun.

For integrators such as Actemium, there is also the possibility of offering additional services and options based on Industrie 4.0 technologies – both for new concepts as well as for the overall existing systems area.

Thanks to the partnership, these services will be precisely tailored to the requirements of the individual focus markets.

Dr Christian Schlögel, KUKA’s chief technology officer, said: “KUKA has been working with integrators for many years. This enables it to offer optimal, custom-tailored automation solutions to its customers. The cooperation with VINCI Energies in Germany allows us to expand our portfolio for the Industrial Internet of Things.”

“The cooperation is an important component in the IIoT ecosystem – and, ultimately, the customer profits from this.”

In early 2018, the IIoT platform from KUKA subsidiary connyun will be implemented in VINCI Energies new digital lab in Frankfurt am Main.

A robot-based application will be used to illustrate optimization processes here. At the same time, robot and process data will be collected and analysed in order to derive specific recommended actions for the structuring of processes.

As a specialist for analytics & IIoT platforms, Axians is responsible for the architecture and development of the process-specific software modules and interfaces.

By changing the variables, scenarios and principles can be determined for increasing efficiency across components. Actemium will be closely integrated into products, solutions and services from KUKA, and both parties will jointly use the digital lab for the demonstration of cross-industry application scenarios.

VINCI Energies’ digital officer Dr Bernhard Kirchmair said: “With the collaboration between KUKA and VINCI Energies in Germany, we are triggering an additional innovation boost for Industrie 4.0 customers.”