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Key study
Kern Cell 4.0

Client
Maschinenbau Kern

YEAR
2017

PROJECT OBJECTIVE
Kern Cell by Maschinenbau Kern is an intelligent and modular robotic cell system that can be retrofitted to all sorts of existing plant and machinery. Taking this successful system as our starting point, we designed the future vision of an industrial machine that is also perfectly suited to use in the smart factory context – the connected world of Industry 4.0.

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DESIGN

The design focuses on the interface between the production unit and the upstream robotic cell – as visualised by the prominent metal frame, which can be swivelled aside to provide better access to the main machine.
The transparent panelling that surrounds the robotic unit permits a clear view of the robot, enabling the machine to be operated from the outside. The interface can be used to obtain status and production data readouts whenever required.
The design is deliberately minimalistic: the absence of any unnecessary design elements creates a straightforward, honest and uncompromising look.

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