Clean Room Robots target semiconductor manufacturing.

Press Release Summary:

Six-axis Clean Room Robots include tabletop KUKA KR 3 CR with 3 kg payload and 635 mm reach, and KUKA KR 16 CR with 16 kg payload and 1,600 mm reach. Each meets ISO and DIN standards for clean room operation and is class 5 according to DIN EN ISO 14644-1 and class 100 according to US Federal Standard 209 E. Supporting Siemens Simatic equipment control system, both are suited for wafer and IC handling, as well as testing, packaging, and process applications.

Original Press Release:

Kuka Robotics Introduces Family of Clean Room Robots for Semiconductor Manufacturing

Clean Room Robots Support Siemens Simatic Equipment Control System

Clinton Township, Michigan - July 11, 2005 - KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced the introduction of a family of clean room robots designed for semiconductor manufacturing, test and handling applications. The robots are based on KUKA Robotics' market leading industrial robot designs and are designed for wafer and integrated circuit handling as well as other testing, packaging, handling and process applications through the semiconductor manufacturing process.

"Our customers have consistently looked to KUKA to reduce engineering and integration costs," said Joe Campbell, director of strategic alliances for KUKA Robotics Corporation. "We can now program and control KUKA clean room robots directly from the Simatic Equipment Control System."

The new 6-axis robot family includes the KUKA KR 3 CR tabletop robot with a 3kg payload and a 635mm reach and the KUKA KR 16 CR robot with a 16kg payload and a 1,600mm reach. Each model meets the appropriate ISO and DIN standards for clean room operation and is class 5 according to DIN EN ISO 14644-1 and class 100 according to US Federal Standard 209 E. KUKA Robotics and Siemens Automation and Drives of Munich, Germany have collaborated to enable simplified integration of KUKA robots into the Siemens Simatic Equipment Control System (ECS). The new robots will be displayed at SEMICON West in San Francisco July 12-14, 2005 as part of a display with Siemans Automation and Drives, booth number 6448.

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 visit their website at

The KUKA logo is a registered trademark of KUKA Roboter GmbH. KUKA, KUKA KR 3 CR and KUKA KR 16 CR are trademarks of KUKA Roboter GmbH. All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.

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