Industrial robot to test vehicle seats

Workers at the Motor Industry Research Association have been happy to see at least one of their jobs replaced by a robot, with the latest development at the automotive research establishment: an industrial robot to test vehicle seats. The KUKA 150, Europe’s first industrial robot to undertake seat testing, has been fitted with an Occubot […]

Workers at the Motor Industry Research Association have been happy to see at least one of their jobs replaced by a robot, with the latest development at the automotive research establishment: an industrial robot to test vehicle seats. The KUKA 150, Europe’s first industrial robot to undertake seat testing, has been fitted with an Occubot `end-effector’ shaped like a lower torso with a recognisable bottom and upper legs. Drivers’ seats undergo testing that equates to usage over three lifetimes, which can mean 30,000 test cycles. The robot will test seven seat types in a cycle and can carry out 400 possible tests, ensuring better results through consistent usage – while sparing human testers from pains in the back, or any other part of the anatomy.