Automating Material Handling with KUKA Robots

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KUKA ranks amongst the top robot producers in the world. They have manufactured some of the most innovative and powerful industrial robots for several decades. KUKA robots are capable of automating a wide variety of industrial applications. One of the most common applications for their industrial robotic arms to be used for is material handling.

Material handling processes play a key role in any manufacturing operation. They involve the moving, lifting, retrieving, and transferring of products throughout a warehouse. They also happen to be some of the most hazardous tasks for human workers as the repetitive motions and heavy lifting often lead to injuries. Not only is manual material handling dangerous, but it is also inefficient causing bottlenecks within operations. This is why many manufacturers have automated their material handling processes with KUKA robot manipulators. Automating material handling with the KUKA KR6 R900 creates a more productive and efficient process. KUKA material handling robots have been deployed across numerous industries including the automotive, electronics, food and beverage, metals, and foundry industries.

Whether you are looking to automate a light payload material handling process, a heavy lifting process, or something in between you will likely be able to find a KUKA robot to suit your application requirements. KUKA manufactures small industrial robots capable of light weight handling. The KUKA Kr10 R1100 is ideal for automating low payload material handling processes. For those needing to automate extremely heavy lifting jobs, KUKA also has you covered. Their KR1000 robots feature some of the highest robotic payloads, maxing out at 1,300 kg. The KUKA KR1000 Titan is one of KUKA’s high payload robots. They also manufacture material handling robots with medium payloads such as the KUKA KR60-3. KUKA also offers robotic manipulators that are capable of operating within confined spaces with compact footprints and shorter reaches. They also have extended reach robots for material handling processes requiring bigger parts or work areas.

Many of KUKA’s material handling industrial robot arms are designed with IP65 protection from dust and water. This makes them incredibly resilient in harsh work environments. Some factory robots have the option to upgrade to an IP67 rating. KUKA also offers foundry and cleanroom versions for some of their material handling robots.

Automating with an industrial robot will ensure reliable and consistent material handling. The hollow arm and wrist design allows for through arm cabling. Internal cabling prevents interference from peripheral equipment along with premature wear and tear. Maintenance is simplified and can take place at longer intervals. Most KUKA manufacturing robot arms only require routine maintenance every 10,000 hours. Less frequent maintenance means less scheduled downtime for the KUKA KR90.

Automating material handling applications with a KUKA six axis robot will improve cycle times and increase throughput. KUKA articulated robots operate at fast speeds, shortening the amount of time it takes to process parts. With faster cycle times, the more parts can be handled within cycle runs. KUKA material handling robots will also make productions scaleable. As demand increases, KUKA robots will be able to adapt to higher productivity rates without the need to increase personnel or buy additional equipment. KUKA industrial robots will completely optimize your material handling application.

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