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Multi-Axis Robot has explosion-proof design.

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KUKA KR 16 EX(TM) robot is pressurized and sealed for use in potentially explosive environments. It meets multiple explosion protection certifications, including CE, EX, II, 3, G, EEx, c,nA, IIB, T3, and X. With payload capacity of 16 kg and reach of 1,610 mm, 6-axis robot is suited for painting applications and other environments where dust, gas, and vapors impose operational restrictions.

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Kuka Robotics Introduces Explosion Proof Robot

New KUKA KR 16 EX Robot Safest Available Robot for Explosive Environments

Clinton Township, Michigan - June 14, 2005 - KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced the introduction of its new KUKA KR 16 EX(TM) robot designed for use in potentially explosive environments. The robot is designed for use in environments such as paint rooms where fine gases, dust or vapors are present and pose a potential explosion risk. The robot, which is EEx certified for explosion protection, is pressurized and sealed making it virtually explosion proof so that it can be used in these inhospitable environments without the worry that the robot would ignite gases, dust and vapors.

"Hazardous industrial environments are a large challenge for manufacturers by increasing labor costs, employee turnover, and worker compensation claims," said Joe Campbell, director of strategic alliances for KUKA Robotics Corporation. "Our customers need to ensure that their manufacturing environment is as safe as possible and the KR 16 EX delivers."

The KUKA KR 16 EX robot is a six axes robot with a payload capacity of 16kg and a reach of 1610mm. The robot is pressurized and sealed so that it meets multiple explosion protection certifications including CE, EX, II, 3, G, EEx, c,nA, IIB, T3, and X. The unit is ideal for painting applications as well as other explosive environments where dust, gas and vapors pose a problem.

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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