KUKA Robotics Demonstrates Innovative Packaging & Palletizing Technology at Pack Expo

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—November 7, 2008— KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced it will demonstrate several different examples of robotic technology for Beverage, Food, Consumer Goods, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries at Pack Expo booth #E-7758.

Technology Demonstrated

KUKA will display the innovative KR 15 SL, the only articulated robot made exclusively of stainless steel on all surfaces, in a simulated meat handling application. The KR 15 SL has one of the highest IP ratings of 67, making it suitable for all fields of application with stringent requirements to hygiene, sterility and absence of particles; making the KR 15 SL suitable not only for the foodstuffs industry, but also Pharmaceutical and Medical applications.

For deep freeze palletizing environments KUKA will show the KR 180-2 PA Arctic. The KR 180-2 PA Arctic is the first robot specifically designed for applications in deep freeze environments with no compromise in performance. The KR 180-2 PA Arctic operates in temperature down to -30 degrees C without the need for bags or heaters, thus reducing operating expense for the freezer room environment.

Equipped with patented tooling provided by FLEXiCELL, KUKA will demonstrate a high speed portion cup packaging cell utilizing a KR 50 PA robot. The KR 50 PAs payload of 50kg, long reach and compact, light weight innovative carbon fiber arm design allow this 2-axis robot to perform simple operations in picking and packaging applications where the transfer of product in production lines at maximum speeds is critical.

The KUKA solution for medium payload bag palletizing, the KR 40 PA will be displayed. The small footprint of the KR 40 PA allows for a high speed robotic bag palletizing solutions where limited floor space is available. The high speed carbon fiber arm design of the KR 40 PA makes it the ideal robot for both palletizing and packaging applications. For higher payload palletizing, KUKA also offers the KR 100-2 PA and the KR 180-2 PA. The KR 180-2 PA offers some of the highest motion speeds, and fastest cycle times, in its class.

At Pack Expo, KUKA announces its new Food Series of products. The Food Series option is available on multiple KUKA robots. KUKA Food Series robots will offer IP-65 protection rating, food grade oil in the robot reducers, USDA certifiable paint and a stainless steel robot control cabinet. At Pack Expo, KUKA will display a KR 210 in a food series configuration.

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 8,000 units, and an installed base of over 75,000 units. The companys 4, 5 and 6 axis robots range from 5kg to 1000kg payloads, and 635mm to 4000mm 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 visit their website at http://www.kuka.com/usa/en/.

About the KUKA Robot Group

KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg, is a member of the KUKA Aktiengesellschaft and ranks among the worlds leading suppliers of industrial robots. Core competencies are the development, production and sale of industrial robots, controllers, software and linear units. The company is the market leader in Germany and Europe, and the number three in the world. The KUKA Robot Group employs about 2,000 people worldwide. Of these, 1,200 are employed in Germany, either at the KUKA Robot Group headquarters in Augsburg, or at various subsidiaries. In 2007, sales totaled 413 million euro. 25 subsidiaries provide a presence in the major markets of Europe, America and Asia.



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