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KUKA BASICS Tutorial 101

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

In this blog we will teach you the basics about the robot KUKA KRC4.


Follow the video to get familiarized with Kuka smartpad. You will learn how to start a program, how to bypass x11 safety signals, what are the jumper connections for the safety signals and how to change automatic external variables for PLC control.


This document is an extract from the manual explaining the sequence shown in the video to start a program in ext (external automatic).



Some key features and capabilities of the KUKA KRC4 include:


SmartPAD: The KRC4 controller is typically operated through the KUKA teaching pendant, a handheld device with a touchscreen interface. The SmartPAD allows operators to interact with the robot, control its movements, and monitor its status.


Motion Control: This system is a KRC4 controller. Previous contollers include KRC1, KRC2, KRC4 and KRC5 (where 1 & 2 are similar, they used win98 and XP mainly and 4 & 5 with windows 7 embeded and windows 10). They offers advanced motion control capabilities, they have servodrivers and a pc to interact with the robot. This allows the robots to execute precise and complex movements with high accuracy and repeatability.


Programming Flexibility: KRC4 supports multiple programming languages, including KUKA's proprietary language KRL (KUKA Robot Language), as well as standard programming languages such as C++ and Java. This flexibility enables programmers to develop customized applications and integrate the robot into complex automation systems.


Safety Features: The KRC4 controller incorporates comprehensive safety features to ensure the well-being of operators and prevent accidents. It includes safety functions like collision detection, emergency stop capabilities, and safety signals for interacting with external safety systems. All of these signals can be processed with the safety board interface (SIB) and X11 cabling interface or with a safety PLC (profisafe profinet, CIP ethernetIP or FSoE Ethercat)


Connectivity and Integration: KRC4 supports various communication interfaces and protocols, allowing seamless integration with other industrial equipment, peripherals, and higher-level control systems. It enables data exchange, remote monitoring, and programming updates. Comment about our KUKA BASICS tutorial 101 and what other training would you like!

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