Kuka Robotics to debut shelf-mount series of robots at NPE2012
By PlasticsToday staff | March 30, 2012
Kuka Robotics will make the North American debut of its KR Quantec K shelf-mounted robots at booth (#213).
The Quantec series of shelf-mount robots include the KR Quantec K120 R3900 ultra, which weighs in at 270 kg, and has a reach of 2900 mm and payload capacity of 120 kg, and the KR Q Quantec K Prime shelf-mounted robot suitable for payloads ranging from 90 kg to 210 kg.
“The new Kuka Quantec K shelf-mounted robots are about 12% lighter making the new series significantly easier to mount on injection molding machines,” the company stated in a news release. “With the latest state-of-the-art drive technology and the new KR C4 controller, the Quantec K robots achieve 25% shorter unloading times.”
Another feature of the new shelf-mounted robots is that axis 2 is located 400 mm 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 booth will also feature the KR 60-3 HA in a simulated foam milling display. The KR 60-3 HA is 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 company stated. The KR 5 sixx is a small robot with an IP 65 classification allowing it to stand up to dust and water exposure, making it suitable for fast handling applications and clean room situations.