We have already seen the kuka mobile robot as an efficient alternative in the packaging line, a proven alternative in optimizing a high volume of packaging products and processes.

But advances continue to amaze us. KUKA mobile units offer high flexibility, increased safety and a high level of quality. It is a travel advantage that this mobile unit offers provides the dexterity to more efficiently perform relevant tasks.

Detailed and delicate processes such as those in a laboratory, is the case of the so-called “Robot Chemist” (robotic chemist). A new lab assistant. Currently the automation of laboratories is becoming a more everyday issue, the integration of artificial intelligence is being applied to the concept of the laboratory in a broader way to exert speed and quality of the different results.

At the University of Liverpool in the UK Andrew Cooper and his team have designed a project where they used Kuka’s mobile robotic unit KMR iiwa to conduct experiments using laboratory equipment. To optimize hydrogen production from light and water.

The mobile platform includes a robotic arm with a gripper on the end. System Uses LIDAR laser scanning to locate objects and tactile feedback to control your grip strength. Applies to clean room tasks such as solids handling, liquid dispensing, air removal in the container and correlation with other equipment.


Cooper said; “This creates a level of flexibility that will change both the way we work and the problems we can address.” Adapting the robotic system to an activity that required automating the researcher was a great challenge.

The team worked on a stimulant that will speed up reactions that use light to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The team of researchers devised an algorithm that allowed the robot to gradually optimize a photocatalytic system based on the results of previous experiments. So it allowed them to optimize the changes and the resulting elaborate mixtures resulted in hydrogen six times faster than the initial one.

The investigation of automated systems for clean rooms has allowed the interaction of robotic skills and relating them to the environment and different processes.

This mobile robotic automation design has demonstrated high resistance performing processes for eight days in a row, moving even without light working on 688 reactions.

Research time in a laboratory is an important factor, a robotic automation system could be an efficient solution with a high and fast response level.