A new range of high speed small robots specially developed for working in tight spaces is now available from industrial robot supplier KUKA Robotics UK.
The KR AGILUS robot series is designed to deliver short cycle times and high levels of accuracy for a wide variety of applications, especially handling and pick and place tasks in the packaging industry.
The basic model, KR 6 R900 sixx, which can carry a payload of up to 6 kg, is able to reach points not only near the robot base, but also in the overhead area up to a maximum of 901 mm.
It can be used in a variety of positions – floor, ceiling or wall - and has a compact design featuring an integrated energy supply system.
It is operated via a smaller version of KUKA’s renowned KR C4 controller, which can manage KUKA robots as well as external axes thanks to its open architecture.
The new generation small robot series also features KUKA’s SafeOperation system, which checks the speed and workspaces of both robot and external axes. According to KUKA, this function eliminates the need for mechanical axis range monitoring equipment and opens up new, cost-effective options for cell configuration and human-robot interaction.
The new range consists of four other models – standard, food, cleanroom and waterproof – with more payload options set to be unveiled shortly.
“Speed, flexibility, simplicity and safety are the cornerstones of successful automation solutions. As the latest addition to the KUKA robot family, the KR AGILUS series is able to offer all these benefits for processes where low payloads are required,” commented Ian Walker, general sales manager at KUKA Robotics UK.
The company is set to hold an open house event this autumn at its Midlands headquarters where it will showcase KUKA’s new small robots as well as the latest models in its QUANTEC high payload series.