At Irex Tokyo, Kawasaki Robotics celebrated its 50th anniversary as a manufacturer of industrial robots. Kawasaki's history began in 1968 with the signing of a cooperation agreement with Unimate and the supply of the first hydraulic spot welding robot in the automotive industry. In 1981, the electrically controlled Puma robots were launched and, in 1989, the JS series of robots with a capacity of 10 kg, which became a trailblazer for all other robot manufacturers, as well as the 165 kg EX series robots.
The Kawasaki range today consists of a much broader series of robots ranging from 3 to 1500 kg capacity, with specific robots for the medical-pharmaceutical sector and clean-room. The Japanese giant intends expanding its range of collaborative robots with the Duaro 2 and Duaro 3 models and, at the same time, intends developing a concept of Coworking between robots and operator called "Successor", based on combining robots with remote drive devices and artificial intelligence packages which enable specialized operators to transfer their skills to the robots themselves. A new field concerns humanoid robots, the first prototypes of which have been presented, and integrated solutions for surgical theatres, thanks to a joint-venture with Medicaroid, which will bring onto the market 6-7-axis surgical tables and surgical robots with 1 to 4 arms, as well as robotic solutions for CT and localized treatment of cancer with focused radiation.