As a trained machine fitter, it’s hardly surprising that Audi’s head of works council Peter Mosch is particularly impressed by Kuka’s new self-propelled robot, “iiwa.”
Kuka sales personnel demonstrated how the prototype would soon be able to fetch material and screw together a gearing mechanism all by itself. And it is “limitlessly networkable,” they assured Mr. Mosch, who attentively followed movements of the mechanical marvel.
The IG Metall labor union had issued the invitations, so workplace representatives could see what future technologies and types of work actually look like.
Self-propelled assembly robots or autonomously flying drones could soon be making their way into Audi factories – guided by a few remaining employees with data-eyeglasses.