New KUKA.AppTech Solution Supports Modular Programming for Robotics

November 19, 2020 by Alessandro Mascellino

Industrial robotics manufacturer, KUKA, released a new programming solution based on a modular principle to enable robot integration.

The KUKA.AppTech software stores common motion routines and sequences, which can then be called and integrated into customer-specific processes. The software was designed to facilitate the integration of KUKA robots without the need for special programming expertise.


KUKA employees demonstrating the APPTech capabilities. Image courtesy of KUKA.


The new programming platform from KUKA includes a series of features to reduce training requirements and lead to higher productivity.

The app has the following features:


  • Structured programs that aim to simplify programming efforts by providing an intuitive interface
  • Unified programming style allows users to circumvent compatibility issues
  • Standardized PLC interfaces facilitate integration with several machines
  • Program libraries are designed to speed up programming by selecting modules without having to compile code from scratch


The platform can also be used by new programmers looking for an introduction to programming for robotics and can also be used by experts.

When used by integration partners or seasoned programmers, KUKA.AppTech aims for standard routines to be created faster, leaving more time for customer-specific adaptations and fine-tuning.


Integrating Motion Routines and Sequences 

The platform was developed by KUKA to make the integration of autonomous machines in industrial scenarios more feasible. As robots’ tasks become increasingly complex, these machines need to be programmed to perform operations such as handling components, welding, bonding, or measuring. 


An overview of the advantages of KUKA.AppTech. Image courtesy of KUKA.


The integration in the KUKA.AppTech platform is commonly used programming industrial robots that allow the software to streamline programming efforts. Users are provided with ready-made modules containing programming instructions for specific robot tasks.

The app also offers coordinated routines as templates to avoid robot collusion or obstruction.


Facilitating Programming for Robotics Applications

According to KUKA, many companies would have the potential of stepping up their robotics efforts but are hindered by the lack of programmers capable of allowing this transition. 

“Small and medium-sized companies, in particular, have the potential for automating their processes with the aid of robots,” explained Wolfgang Wanka, Head of Application Programming at KUKA.


An overview of the advantages of KUKA.AppTech. Image courtesy of KUKA.


“Nevertheless, a lack of programming knowledge is often a hindrance here. With KUKA.AppTech, we are eliminating this obstacle.” In fact, the new KUKA.AppTech Platform aims to reduce the requirement for programming experience and provides access to more functions.

“Specific applications can thus be configured in advance and integrated into complex systems,” Wanka concluded. KUKA also said KUKA. The company’s worldwide partner network will support AppTech. This will translate into professional assistance for users, particularly from KUKA professional programming services team.



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