YASKAWA Electric Corporation
Japanese company based in Kitakyūshū, Yaskawa launched its first fully electric industrial robot, the Motoman L10 in 1977. It was the first to implement multi-ARM, the ability to control multiple robots with a single cabinet. In 2009 he launched his 13-axis dual ARM robot, SDA10.
Its robots still retain the YASKAWA / MOTOMAN name. They specialize in spot and arc welding systems, are present with offices in 28 countries, boasting the impressive number of over 400,000 robots sold worldwide.
KUKA (Midea Group)
KUKA, based in Augsburg in Germany, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial robots. Founded in 1898, in 2016 the Chinese holding company Midea Group acquired KUKA for the amount of 5 billion dollars.
KUKA was the first company in the world to build an electrically controlled six-axis anthropomorphic robot, the FAMULUS in 1973. It offers robots of different sizes and load capacities, up to 1000 kg.
In 1996 he decided to use Windows as the base for the operating system of his robots going against the current compared to other manufacturers who used an internally developed system.
KUKA has also been a pioneer in making itself known also outside the industry, inserting its products in Hollywood films and creating attractions for the public, such as “RoboCoaster®”.