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Kuka launches new industrial robot range

Industrial automation giant Kuka is launching a new industrial robot range, the KR IonTec, which the company says is “a robot for any task in the 30 to 70 kg payload category”.

Kuka is market-launching the new product series, which it says is the successor to the KR 60-3.

Kuka says the KR IonTec “sets standards in terms of flexibility in the medium payload category”.

The company adds that the robot “stands out for the largest work envelope in its class and is designed for operation in conventional and digital production worlds”.

The KR IonTec can be used in any installation position – on the floor, on the wall or inclined, says Kuka.

The option of converting the payload capacity of the installed robot from 30 to up to 70 kg also makes it extremely flexible.

Furthermore, with a maximum reach of 3,100 mm, the new KR IonTec has the largest work envelope in its class.

The reduced space requirements of the robot, with a 30 percent smaller footprint and a 10 percent more streamlined disruptive contour, additionally enable a more compact cell design.

Kuka says the KR IonTec features the “lowest maintenance requirements in its class”.

Due to the reduced energy consumption, resulting from the improved drive technology and decreased weight of the robot, the running costs are also lower.

The new KR IonTec “excels in terms of total cost of ownership and life cycle efficiency”.

Technical availability is over 99 percent and the mean time between failures is around 400,000 hours of operation, says Kuka.

The KR IonTec is ready to use in both conventional and digital production worlds and is equipped with various Motion Modes.

These software add-ons can be used to adapt the robot flexibly to different production processes at the press of a button: Performance Mode ensures high performance, dynamics and efficiency as standard.

Path Mode enables exact continuous-path motion with absolute accuracy and precision.

Dynamic Mode can be used to minimize cycle times. KR IonTec is available for ordering as of January 2020. Delivery of the first models is scheduled for April.

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