KUKA Roboter GmbH

Plastics Expert from KUKA Robotics

Perfect Automation: A KUKA Robot working with an injection molding machine. Photo: KUKA Robotics

The Augsburg robot manufacturer displays its sector expertise at K 2013

Düsseldorf/Augsburg, September 2013 – At the K 2013 trade fair in Düsseldorf, KUKA Roboter GmbH is presenting innovative products to display that it is excellently equipped to meet the requirements of the plastics industry. At booth C49 in Hall 12, the experts from Augsburg are demonstrating not only their robot specialists for the plastics industry but also new, creative ideas for combining robots and plastic.

The possibilities for employing robots in the plastics industry are extremely varied: irrespective of whether they are loading or unloading plastic machines, cutting off sprues, flame-machining and milling components or carrying out various handling tasks, robots are used in almost all areas. What counts is above all flexibility, reach and speed – requirements that KUKA Roboter GmbH meets in full with its product portfolio.

The KUKA specialists for the plastics industry

For the special requirements of the plastics industry, KUKA Robotics has market-launched the KR QUANTEC shelf-mounted robots. This series comprises eleven models in two product lines – KR QUANTEC K prime and KR QUANTEC K ultra. Thanks to the optimized payload and reach intervals, the customer is always able to select a robot that is ideally suited to the specific application. The dead weight has been reduced and axis 2 is located further forward, allowing the KUKA shelf-mounted robots to cover the working space ideally, achieving high dynamic properties and allowing short cycle times. With a maintenance interval of 20,000 hours, the KUKA shelf-mounted robot requires very little maintenance and offers great reliability.

Short cycle times are also the main point of emphasis in robots in the KR AGILUS series. These small robots impress with extreme precision and high speed, making them ideal for handling plastic parts as well as loading and unloading plastic machines in the shortest possible time.

KUKA relies on system partners – including on its own booth

KUKA is deliberately building on its partners at K 2013. KUKA's system partner, FPT Robotik, is displaying a solution with a KR AGILUS at the KUKA booth. In the application, visitors to K will be able to experience the speed and precision of the small robot from KUKA. Furthermore, a large number of partners is displaying KUKA robots in an extremely wide range of applications at the show. From planning and integration to operator control, maintenance and adaptation – KUKA offers automation solutions for every customer requirement together with an extensive worldwide network of system partners.

Commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability

In the search for effective automation solutions in the plastics industry, energy efficiency is an important factor. At the same time, robots are among those components of a plastics processing system that use comparatively little energy. As a member of the VDMA's Blue Competence initiative, KUKA Roboter GmbH is actively committed to energy efficiency and sustainability.

Plastic processing becomes creative

Visitors to the K 2013 can experience live on the KUKA stand that KUKA robots can be used in more than just industrial production of plastic parts. Together with ETTO Design Labs, visitors to the show in Düsseldorf will experience what creative products can be achieved by combining KUKA robots and plastic.

About KUKA Roboter GmbH

KUKA Roboter GmbH, with its headquarters in Augsburg, is a KUKA Aktiengesellschaft company and ranks among the world’s leading suppliers of industrial robots. Core competencies are the development, production and sale of industrial robots, controllers and software. The company is the market leader in Germany and Europe, and the number three in the world. KUKA Roboter GmbH employs about 3180 people worldwide. In 2012, sales totaled 742.6 million euro. 25 subsidiaries provide a presence in the major markets of Europe, the Americas and Asia.