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Kuka Rolling Out New Line Of Shelf Mount Robots

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Kuka Robotics' New Home In Shelby Township

Kuka Robotics’ New Home In Shelby Township

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Automation becomes easy with the North American introduction of the KR Quantec K Shelf-mounted robots at NPE, a robotics trade show in Orlando, Fla. April 2-5.

Kuka Robotics will introduce the KR Quantec K shelf-mounted robot generation for the first time in North America with the debut of the Quantec KR 120 R3900 Ultra. The KR QUANTEC K ultra weighs in at 270 kg (594 pounds), has a reach of 2900 mm (9.5 feet) and payload capacity of 120 kg (244 pounds), making it the world’s strongest shelf-mounted robot with the highest power density.

The new KR Quantec Series of shelf-mount robots also includes the KR Quantec K Prime, the perfect shelf-mounted robot for any application with payloads ranging from 90 kg (198 pounds) to 210 kg (462 pounds).

The new Kuka Quantec K shelf-mounted robots are about 12 percent lighter than their predecessors, making the new series significantly easier to mount on injection molding machines. With the latest drive technology and the new KR C4 controller, the Quantec K robots achieve 25 percent shorter unloading times. Due to the extremely low base, they have an even greater downward reach –optimizing the unloading of injection molding machines. Another superior feature of the new shelf-mounted robots is that axis 2 is located 400 mm (1.3 feet)  further forward, significantly expanding the working envelope forwards and downwards. The hole pattern for installation on the shelf has remained the same and the flange is identical, ensuring compatibility with predecessor models.

The Kuka Robotics vooth at the trade show will also feature the highly accurate KR 60-3 HA in a simulated foam milling display. The KR 60-3 HA is known for maximum accuracy and its continuous-path process makes it ideal for detailed milling of mold cavities, mold pockets and mold polishing.

Kuka will also demonstrate a plastic bottle handling and packaging cell with the KR 5 sixx utilizing an ATI tool changer. With the help of the ATI tool changer the KR 5 Sixx will demonstrate its ability to switch efficiently between plastic bottles and an Apple iPad. The KR 5 sixx is a user friendly, fast handling, small robot with an IP 65 classification allowing it to stand up to dust and water exposure, perfect for fast handling applications and clean room situations.

Kuka Robotics Corp. is a subsidiary of Augsburg, Germany based Kuka Roboter GmbH and part of the Kuka Aktiengesellschaft group of worldwide companies. Kuka robots are utilized in a diverse range of industries including the appliance, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, logistics, food, pharmaceutical, medical, foundry and plastics industries as well as multiple applications including material handling, machine loading, assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing.

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