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KUKA Robotics Introduces Industry's Fastest Carbon Fibre Robotic Case Packer

14 June 2005

Kuka Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, has introduced the new Kuka KR 40 PA case packing robot made from carbon fibre composite.

The robot, regarded by the company to be the industry's fastest case packing robot, greatly benefits from the lightweight carbon fibre made using RTM, which makes the robot arm lighter, faster and less expensive, increasing the customer's throughput.

"Robotic packaging and palletizing is reshaping the whole supply chain," said Joe Campbell, director of strategic alliances for Kuka Robotics Corporation. "Our customers want the flexibility of a robot with the highest possible pack rates and the KR40 delivers with the industry's best performance."

The Kuka KR 40 PA four-axis robot is the third mechanism in Kuka Robotics' supply chain automation lineup to utilize carbon fibre material. The robot's base, which houses 3 of the unit's 4 motors, is made of ductile cast iron giving it stability and strength. With these motors designed into the base and the upper arm being made of carbon fibre composite Kuka has transferred the bulk of the robot's weight to its lower structure and lightened its upper arm.

The lighter weight in the arm keeps the inertial forces low allowing it to move quicker with higher accelerations and decelerations. Its unique work envelope also enables it to be used in homogenous & mixed palletizing, as well as high-speed conveyor-tracking material handling applications. The robot's 40kg payload capacity and 2091mm reach supports both 800mm and 1000mm pallet applications. The KR 40 PA robot is available for order today with deliveries beginning in the 3rd quarter.

Kuka Robotics Corporation, with its parent company Kuka Roboter GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of industrial robots, with an annual production volume approaching 10,000 units, and an installed base of over 60,000 units. The company's 5 and 6 axis robots range from 3kg to 570kg payloads, and 635mm to 3700mm reach, all controlled from a common PC based controller platform.






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