Kuka Robotics Corp. is combining its know-how with that of its partner companies to create robotic solutions for
Included in the Kuka Robotics System Partner Network are Kent, Wash.-based Flow International Corp., a waterjet technology manufacturer; container and material-handling systems provider Dyco Inc. of Bloomsburg, Pa.; and Electro-Hydraulic Automation, a maker of fluid power and electronics systems and controls in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
At this summer's NPE2009 trade show in Chicago, Kuka Robotics exhibited several applications developed in conjunction with its network partners. In a demonstration with Flow International, a Kuka KR 16 robot ran dry tool paths of the waterjet trimming process around complex, three-dimensional parts.
Partner Dyco Inc. designed a work cell using a fast-handling KR Sixx robot equipped with a vision system to locate and pick random plastic bottles from a moving conveyor belt.
A KR5 Arc, in a cell designed by EHA, simulated cuts in automotive dashboard openings, holding an air-powered cutting tool.
Kuka, of Clinton Township, Mich., also showed a KR Sixx simulating the extraction of medical syringes from an injection molding machine.
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