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KUKA Robotics Selected By Programing Plus to Provide Robots for First Robotic Machining Cell

September 092005
KUKA Robots and New Machining Cell Provide More efficient and Lower Cost Alternative to Large CNC Machines

Clinton Township, Michigan — Sept. 2005 – KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced it has been selected by Programming Plus (PPI) of New Berlin, Wisconsin to provide robots for PPI’s recently announced Robotic Machining Cell (RMC). The robots are an integral part of the company’s RMC system which is a new technology designed to revolutionize large format 5-axis machining. Utilizing the speed, accuracy and flexibility of KUKA Robotics’ robots and extensive programming and simulation capabilities of Delcam’s PowerMILL software, PPI’s machining system allows customers to program and machine products more efficiently and cost effectively than current large CNC machines.

“We are delighted that PPI has standardized on KUKA robots. They have over 15 years of expertise providing software intensive CAM solutions to their customers,” said Joe Campbell, director of strategic alliances for KUKA Robotics Corporation. “The combination of their new technology and KUKA’s robots will allow customers to machine more complex products at a lower cost than they could utilizing traditional CNC machines.”

“After considerable research we chose KUKA products because their products consistently out perform on reliability, flexibility and price,” said Tom Bentley, president of Programming Plus. “Additionally, with KUKA’s extensive product line our customers can select the model that best meets their needs.”

The RMC system is the only robotic machining cell that offers all the functionality of a traditional CNC machining center. It utilizes a tool changing high-speed spindle, laser tool probe, and laser part probing. Using a CAM system which is included with the cell, the user can easily program any 3 or 5 axis part. The system uses Delcam’s PowerMILL software to translate CAD/CAM files to be used to program the KUKA robot. The routines developed within the software quickly produce programs for the robots that allow smooth machining of large components. The system can utilize multiple KUKA robot models depending on the customer’s needs and can be configured to reach up to a 24’ diameter. Utilizing robots gives the user a larger work envelope and a much lower cost than conventional 5 axis machine tools. One system can mill from one position 2, 3, 4 or even more parts stationed around it and in many cases, it can load its own parts. For additional travel capability the KUKA robot can also be mounted on a linear rail.

About Programming Plus
Programming Plus is a Value Added Reseller (VAR) specializing in services for complex milling processes. Located in New Berlin, WI the company is a leading dealer of Delcam products. The company also offers hands on training classes at its corporate offices. For more information on PPI and its products visit their website at www.roboticmachining.com.

About KUKA Robotics
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 60,000 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. For more information contact KUKA Robotics at 866-873-5852 or visit their website at www.kukarobotics.com.
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