Wind River Customers

KUKA

“Wind River has proven to be a reliable partner that delivers the right technology at the right time. With VxWorks, we were able to deliver our solution on time, with the quality our customers expect.”


- Dr. Ralf Koeppe, Vice President, Research & Development, KUKA Robot Group

Higher Intelligence: KUKA Delivers an Innovative Robot Controller On Time

With industrial robots, reliability is everything. That’s why KUKA Robot Group, a leading robotics manufacturer, has relied on the VxWorks® real-time operating system as the foundation of its robots since 1996. When the company wanted to introduce a new, more intelligent PC-based controller, the KR C4, the developers needed a software platform that could support multi-core processing. They wanted to integrate control systems that manage robot, motion, sequence, and process control. They wanted to add functionality, including safety and connectivity. But the main challenge was to reduce hardware costs. So the company again turned to Wind River® and VxWorks.

Driving Higher Performance and Expanded Functionality

The KR C4 represents a breakthrough on many fronts—the first to consolidate control, HMI, and safety on a standard PC-based platform. VxWorks enabled the team to reduce costs and drive higher performance by replacing hardware-based functionality with software-based tasks. They developed an architecture in which multiple, integrated controllers share a common database and infrastructure, with the scalability to handle multiple workloads of varying criticality. With VxWorks and a reliable partner in Wind River, KUKA was able to reduce its development risks and deliver an innovative product on time.