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TMCNet:  KUKA Robotics Corporation Debuts New Technologies at FABTECH 2012

[November 09, 2012]

KUKA Robotics Corporation Debuts New Technologies at FABTECH 2012

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. & LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)--

KUKA (News - Alert) Robotics to display the latest in robotic welding innovation for the welding and fabricating industry at FABTECH 2012.

KUKA Robotics will feature the full line of hollow wrist arc welding robots working together in an innovative fabricating robotic solution. Robots shown in this demo will be the KR-5HW rated at 5 Kg with 1423 mm (56 inches) of reach, the KR-16HW rated at 16 Kg with 1623 mm (63.9 inches) of reach, the KR-16L8HW rated at 8 KG with 2011 mm (79.2 inches) of reach . These robots are part of the overall arc welding line of 9 arc welding arms with conventional and hollow wrist designs. These powerful performers will be coupled with a KR-150-2 KUKA material handling robot rated at 150Kg in a simulated welding application where the material handling robot will position and rotate the part while the welding robots weld simultaneously. All four of these robots will be coordinated with KUKA RoboTeam for arc welding applications. Robot Team supports up to 4 robots and a material handling robot at one time with auxiliary axes and positioners. The optional KUKA RoboTeam package allows a high path accuracy better than .3 mm and allows individual robots to be programed with one teach pendant or with multiple teach pendants for faster programing. Advanced error handling is also standard.

KUKA Robotics is pleased to announc collaborative efforts with ESAB Welding and Cutting in Florence, South Carolina. ESAB is one of the world's largest and most skilled manufacturers of welding and cutting equipment and welding filler metals. "The establishment of our relationship with ESAB is important for KUKA Robotics to support the growth of the robotic welding business in the United States, and an exciting collaboration to bring world-class robotic welding technologies to the market," said James Cooper, Vice President Sales & Marketing KUKA Robotics US. ESAB will showcase the new Swift (News - Alert) Arc AL Series pre-engineered welding solution featuring a KR16 L8 HW and KR5 Arc in booth# N-3922 / N-4122.

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Other demonstrations on the show floor designed and supplied by Official KUKA Robotics System Partners will include: IPG Photonics (News - Alert) featuring a New KR AGILUS laser cutting cell and a KR 60 remote laser welding cell (booth# N-3931) and Arc Specialties featuring a KR16 (booth# N1610) showcasing a total of 5 additional robotic technology demonstrations on the show floor.

The KUKA Robotics System Partner network is designed to mutually benefit each organization's users by extending the way customers can acquire tailored solutions with the major competitive and technological advantage of high precision KUKA robots. The KUKA Robotics System Partner Network includes experienced OEM machine builders, system providers, application specialists and expert robot integrators.

About the KUKA Robot Group

KUKA Robotics Corporation along with KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg Germany (part of the KUKA Aktiengesellschaft group of worldwide companies), ranks among the world's leading suppliers of industrial robots and material handling vehicles. Core competencies include the development, production, and sale of industrial robots, controllers, software, linear units, and omniMove™ omni-directional motion platforms. 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 as well as multiple applications including material handling, machine loading, assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing. KUKA robots range from 5kg to 1300kg payloads, and 635mm to 3900mm reach, all controlled from a common PC based controller platform. The company is the market leader in Germany and Europe and the number three in the world. KUKA Robot Group employs about 2750 people worldwide. In 2011, sales totaled 616,3 million Euro. 25 subsidiaries provide a presence in the major markets of Europe, America and Asia.


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