Merry Robotic Christmas! What automation has to do with Christmas
Robots and Christmas – at first glance, that doesn’t go together. In fact, robots don’t just end up under the Christmas tree as children’s toys, they also help us prepare for the festive season. We took a closer look at how new technologies are used during the Christmas season.
Whether as Santa Claus, edible Christmas tree decorations or an important ingredient in cookie dough: What would Christmas be without chocolate? In Bergl near Riegersburg in Austria, two KUKA robots provide support at the Zotter chocolate factory. The robots handle the temperature-sensitive raw mass with extreme precision. And in the visitors’ area of the tradition-rich factory, a KUKA robot serves the guests chocolate and pralines to suit their personal taste.
Beautifully wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree not only make children’s eyes shine. To ensure that millions of gifts ordered online really do arrive on time, top logistical performance is required – and technical support. KUKA’s logistics expert Swisslog, for example, supports ROFU Kinderland, one of Germany’s leading specialized toy retailers, with modern technologies. The new construction of an automated warehouse is intended to further improve the delivery capacity and increase efficiency, especially in view of the growing online business. The online retailer Brack.ch also relies on Swisslog’s automated warehouse system AutoStore to manage its order boom:
Sending Christmas cards to friends and family – for many, this is not necessarily a favorite pastime. How practical it would be to have a robot to do this labor-intensive task. This was also the thought of inventor Simone Giertz – and she humorously experimented with a KUKA lightweight robot LBR iiwa on her YouTube channel.
New technologies support us in many areas as assistants in the background and help to make the Christmas season unforgettable. And we at KUKA are pleased to be able to contribute to this with our products and solutions.
We wish all readers of the blog a Merry Christmas!