KUKA Robotics to provide robotics for palletizing and order picking

KUKA Robotics to provide robotics for palletizing and order picking
KUKA KR 180 PA and KR 40 PA Robots Selected to Streamline Customer’s Palletizing and Order Picking Applications

Clinton Township, Michigan — January 4, 2007 – KUKA Robotics has been selected by Nercon Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc. as its robotics supplier for its new mixed product palletizing and order picking systems. Nercon, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will use the KUKA KR 180 PA palletizing robot in its new system to load and unload mixed product from a tri-level accumulating conveyor system. The KUKA KR 40 robot will be used in the company’s new order picking cell. Both systems, which were recently showcased at PackExpo in Chicago, are designed to increase customer’s efficiency by streamlining production.

"Nercon's ability to make unique material handling and palletizing solutions bodes well with KUKA Robotic's position in the market," said Kevin Kozuszek, director of marketing for KUKA Robotics Corporation. "Nercon’s conveyors coupled with our robots offer material handling and packaging customers extremely efficient solutions to streamline their processes.”

"KUKA Robotics’ extensive product line and commitment to quality were key in our robotic supplier selection process," said Jim Streblow, vice president of marketing for Nercon Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc. "With these new application systems customers can easily see how they can improve production and cut manufacturing costs."

The KUKA KR 180 PA robot is designed especially for high-speed tasks with heavy payloads. The robot’s arm is made of carbon fiber composite materials which makes it extremely light, without sacrificing stiffness and its FEM optimized kinematics have been adapted for palletizing. The KUKA KR 180 PA is a four-axis robot with a 3200 mm reach and capable of handling up to a 180 kg payload. The KUKA KR 40 PA four-axis robot arm is also made of carbon fiber composite materials, is capable of handling up to a 40 kg payload and has a 2091 mm reach. Its unique work envelope enables it to be used in high-speed conveyor-tracking material handling applications as well as homogenous & mixed palletizing applications.

Founded 30 years ago Nercon Eng. & Mfg., Inc. is a highly regarded designer, integrator and manufacturer of packaging and process conveyor systems and material handling equipment. Its products range from pre-engineered, in-stock conveyors to customized packaging conveyor lines. The company also offers a full line of equipment products that are adaptable to customer requirements. Providing solutions that are effective and durable, Nercon offers only products or services that are the best fit for the application.

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 10,000 units, and an installed base of over 75,000 units. The company’s 5 and 6 axis robots range from 3kg to 570kg payloads, and 635mm to 3700mm 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.
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