Discover Innovative Solutions for Packaging and Palletizing from KUKA Robotics Corporation

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. & LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KUKA Robotics will be among 1,800+ world-class industry exhibitors atPack Expo Las Vegas in booth #C-5208. Pack Expo is North America’slargest, most comprehensive processing and packaging trade show.

Attendees will ‘flip‘ when they visit KUKA Robotics on the show floorwith FlipBot. First introduced at SXSW 2017, this demonstration featuresthe KR 6 R900 AGILUS in a bottle flip challenge. But this demonstrationis more than thrills, it allows for optimization of complex processes,harnessing large sets of data to help a robot get better at somethingall on its own. What many do not realize is the technology behind theconcept to make sure the robot is not only repeating the motion butbeing successful each and every time. FlipBot offers a fun butmeaningful way to better understand interactive machine learning and tointegrate other advances in robotics and software into any applicationsolution.

KUKA will feature three KR 6 R900 AGILUS robots in an applicationutilizing software technology in both conveyor and vision for a pick andplace demonstration. By using vision and load balancing technology, theKR AGILUS robots will quickly pick and place randomly positionedcomponents from one moving conveyor into straight lines on another. Thevision software from KUKA simplifies the traceability of customerproducts and can safeguard quality and reduce costs due to greaterefficiency and productivity using automatic checks. With the KR AGILUSfamily, the speed and accuracy make the performance unique in itspayload category and offers impressive results combined with minimizedcycle times. This small robot family has a payload availability from 3kg to 10 kg with a reach of 540 mm to 1,100 mm and is available in over34 different variations including waterproof and cleanroom.

Monday September 25th from 1:00 – 4:00pm, KUKA Robotics willbe hosting Robots, Wine and Cheese. This in-booth reception will offerunique one-on-one time for customers to interact with KUKA packagingexperts. Those attending the reception will also have an opportunity toexperience the booth demonstrations in more depth.

KUKA Robotics is also giving attendees the opportunity to see andoperate a hands-on demonstration with the LBR iiwa. Those attending andvisiting booth C-5208, will have the chance to teach the robot points ona work area and then watch the LBR iiwa pick & place headphones. Thelightweight LBR iiwa (Intelligent Industrial Work Assistant) robot isthe first series-produced sensitive robot suitable for human-robotcollaborations. This robot has integrated, sensitive torque sensors inall 7 axes giving the robot contact detection and programmablecompliance to avoid collisions, thereby eliminating the need forexpensive safety fencing. The LBR iiwa from KUKA is available in twopayloads: 7 kg and 14 kg with reaches of 800 mm and 820 mm.

Also on the show floor, a KR 240 R3200 PA robot will be on display forattendees to get up close and personal with KUKA’s KR QUANTEC PA seriesof palletizing robots. The KR QUANTEC PA series offers a robust designand high-performance motors that allow for up to 27 cycles per minute inpalletizing operations. The base frame of this palletizing series isstreamlined offering a small footprint to fit in more confined spaces.The KR QUANTEC PA series is ideal for heavy lifting in the palletizingand packaging industry with availability in payloads of 120 kg, 180 kg,and 240 kg all with a reach of 3,195 mm.

KUKA Connect is KUKA’s new cloud-based software platform that providescustomers access to, and analytics of, their robots at anytime,anywhere, on any device. Built on open global standards, KUKA Connectsecurely leverages cloud computing technologies and big data analyticsto provide customers maximum visibility into their connected KUKA robotsor other devices. And now customers can know if unplanned downtime mayoccur before it happens with anomaly detection. The anomaly detectionsystem learns normal ranges of a robot’s motor variables over time, thendetects and notifies when repeated deviations outside the normal rangeoccur. With this newest feature from KUKA Connect, anomaly detectionworks as an early warning system so the customer can take appropriatemeasures to avoid potential unplanned downtime.

About the KUKA Robot Group

KUKA Robotics Corporation along with KUKA Roboter GmbH, AugsburgGermany (part of the KUKA Aktiengesellschaft group of worldwidecompanies), ranks among the world’s leading suppliers of industrialrobots and material handling vehicles. Core competencies include thedevelopment, 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 theappliance, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, logistics, food,pharmaceutical, medical, foundry and plastics industries as well asmultiple applications including material handling, machine loading,assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surfacefinishing. KUKA robots range from 5kg to 1300kg payloads, and 635mm to3900mm reach, all controlled from a common PC based controller platform.

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