Case Packing Robot is made of carbon fiber composite.

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Four-axis Model KR 40 PA(TM) features ductile cast iron base, which houses 3 of unit's 4 motors. With motors in base and upper arm made of carbon fiber composite, bulk of robot's weight is in lower structure, facilitating acceleration and deceleration. Payload capacity of 40 kg and 2,091 mm reach supports 800 and 1,000 mm pallet applications. Robot is suited for homogenous and mixed palletizing, as well as conveyor-tracking material handling applications.

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Kuka Robotics Introduces Industry's Fastest Robotic Case Packer

New KUKA KR 40 PA(TM) Robot Constructed of Unique Carbon Fiber Material Increases Customer's Throughput

Clinton Township, Michigan - June 6, 2005 - KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced the introduction of its new KUKA KR 40 PA(TM) case packing robot. The robot is the industry's fastest case packing robot and is constructed using a carbon fiber composite. This unique material makes the robot arm lighter, faster and less expensive thereby ultimately increasing the customer's throughput. The new robot delivers the flexibility of a fully programmable robot solution, at rates normally associated with CAM driven mechanisms. Its carbon fiber design enables high speeds with the largest work envelope in industry.

"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 fiber 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 fiber 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. 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 and in multiple applications including material handling, machine loading, assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing. For more information contact KUKA Robotics at 866-873-5852 or online at

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