Medical Robotics – Interview with KUKA at MEDICA 2017

Medical Robotics – Interview with KUKA at MEDICA 2017


Within the industry robotics are no
longer replaceable. In the field of medicine, they’re playing a role but it’s
ever-growing. I’m speaking to Micheal Otto. He’s the vice president of Robotics and
the Medical Division of KUKA, a company who’s known for a long time as being a
key player in robotics. Michael, please tell us a little bit about KUKA: the
company, its history. The history of KUKA: We are within the robot business since the middle of the 70s, so we start with the automotive industry, with
logistics, with welding. But within the last 10 years we really start a new
business field in medical robotics. And what’s presently being used in the
field? How are they helping practitioners? Today we are using really the robots
in the field we developed for the automotive industry also for medical. So we are
doing for example x-ray imaging or patient positioning where we use our
technology. OK, and where do you see it going in the future? In the future we see the robot really as a multi-purpose device. Today we have some players who are
really dedicated to one kind of application, but our purpose is really
that we can use the robot in a wide range of applications, which are done by
the technology partners. To that point, most people think of robotics as really excelling in a repetitive-type motion: Pre-program it, just let it do its
thing. Medicine and medical applications for practitioners and patients are
obviously much more varied. How do you solve that problem? Today, we’ve developed over the last couple of years the technology where we are bringing the
human to the robot, so that’s the biggest goal in the field of medical. On the
one hand, we have the doctors, we have the patients and we have to bring
them all together into one OR, for example. And that’s the challenge and the game-changer for the field of medical robotics. Micheal Otto from KUKA Medical Division, thank you very much for speaking with us. Thanks a lot.

3 thoughts on “Medical Robotics – Interview with KUKA at MEDICA 2017

  1. As an aside that input device (or at least the principle of it) could be applied to hydraulic excavators to remove the need to learn an illogical set of movements with the current joysticks.

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