Members press release

Kuka, Germany - IFR Robot Supplier member

Small KUKA robot defies water and dirt

The agile KR AGILUS is showing itself to be the all-rounder for small spaces in all environments. The compact member of the KUKA robot family is characterized by its speed, short cycle times and high level of precision and safety. At EMO 2013, the waterproof model receives its premiere - ideal for the use at or in machine tools.

Fast all-rounder

Compact, precise, agile and fast: the robots of the KR AGILUS series are the new masters of speed. When it comes to handling tasks, especially Pick&Place, the KR AGILUS offers impressive results combined with minimized cycle times. At the same time, the small robot family works with great precision, enabling manufacturing quality of the highest quality. Its speed and accuracy make the performance of the KR AGILUS unique in its payload category. The product portfolio includes robots with a payload from six and ten kg and ranges from 600 to 1100 mm. The KR AGILUS is predestined for operation in general industry; wherever automation with low payloads is required, such as in the fields of packaging or electronics, the new KUKA small robot is the right machine for the job. From autumn this year, KR AGILUS is also available for the dirt-intensive use with machine tools.

Perfect protection through a new waterproof coating

Thanks to new waterproofing, the KR AGILUS is also right at home under intensive outdoor production conditions. Stable stainless steel covers have replaced plastic parts, and resistant surface treatments (as well as reinforced seals in the interior of the six-axis robot) enable the robot to be used in a machine tool environment that has previously been too harmful for a precision robot on account of the high external stress factors, such as swarf, cooling lubricants, waterjets or oil. The waterproof version of the KUKA small robot now complies with the higher protection rating IP67. On display for the first time at EMO 2013, the KR AGILUS WP will be available within this calendar year with a reach of 900 mm. The two other variants with alternate reaches will follow at the beginning of next year.

Full function in minimum space

The energy supply system of the KR AGILUS is integrated into the robot to save space and includes a 100 Mbit Ethernet cable, three 5/2-way valves (compressed air), a direct air hose, six digital inputs and two digital outputs. The KR AGILUS can reach points both near the robot base and also in the overhead area. It is not only the ideal combination of size, maneuverability and reach that enable it to adapt to confined spaces, but also the fact that it can perform its tasks as a floor, ceiling or wall-mounted robot. Utmost flexibility even in small workspaces - no problem for the KR AGILUS!

Compact controller and high flexibility

Like its larger counterparts in the QUANTEC series, the KR AGILUS is operated with the universal KR C4 controller technology ? in a compact version that packs the performance capability of the service-proven KR C4 into a small space. With its open architecture, the KR C4 compact can control not only KUKA robots, but also external axes, for maximum flexibility, scalability, performance and openness, in minimum space. The robust, high-quality controller is designed for low maintenance and optimized energy efficiency.

Safe human-robot cooperation

While the KR AGILUS may be small, safety is writ large. It is the only robot in its class to operate with the KUKA SafeOperation function, greatly simplifying and improving human-robot cooperation. The software and hardware components of KUKA.SafeOperation monitor velocities and workspaces of both robot and external axes. This dispenses with the need for mechanical axis range monitoring systems and opens up new, cost-effective options for cell configuration and human-robot interaction.