From FAMULUS to LBR iiwa - KUKA celebrates 40 years of robotics.

A robot with six electromechanically driven axes - in 1973 that was a revolution in industrial production!


40 years ago, KUKA introduced the FAMULUS, the first industrial robot of its own manufacture, thereby ushering in an entirely new era of robotics. KUKA had previously gained relevant experience through the use of robots from other manufacturers, which were hydraulically operated, however. When the demands for powerful and reliable robots above all from the automotive industry grew ever more pressing, the company decided to develop its own robot.

The idea has paid dividends: today, 40 years after the FAMULUS, KUKA is one of the world's leading suppliers of industrial robots.

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Allied Motion - New MFH170i Housed Brushless Torque Motor Has Integrated Servo Drive and Optical Encoder

Allied Motion - New MFH170i Housed Brushless Torque Motor Has Integrated Servo Drive and Optical Encoder

Allied Motion's Megaflux MFH170i series of 170 mm (6.7 in) diameter housed brushless torque motors consists of a high performance brushless DC torque motor, a digital servo drive, and an optical encoder, all integrated into a rugged machined aluminum housing with robust duplex bearings. The MFH0170i series features a 63.5 mm (2.5 in) large-bore through shaft, and is characterized by a very high torque-to-inertia ratio. There are three stack lengths in the series with peak torque ranging from 8.5 up to 16.9 Nm (75 up to 150 lb-in). The standard winding voltage is 48 V. And to ease the hassle of long leadtimes for prototypes, the new MFH170i is now available through our QuickShip program.