KUKA Robotics Announces Release of PalletTech Software Version 3.5 for Palletizing Application Development

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 4, 2007— KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced the release of its PalletTech palletizing software version 3.5 and will show a sample palletizing demonstration utilizing the software at ATX South in booth 2309. The new version of the company's industry leading palletizing software features enhanced capabilities for complicated robotic palletizing applications including augmented gripper support and multiple orientation pick up. The software is a suite of application development and run time tools that reduces engineering and development time and enables the out-of-box implementation of complicated robotic palletizing applications.

"Palletizing customers with complex palletizing applications have been demanding more flexibility to accommodate their processes," said Stuart Shepherd, president of KUKA Robotics Corporation. "With the ability to work off line and dynamically reposition itself during pallet builds PalletTech 3.5 offers capabilities that our customers cannot easily find other places on the market."

KUKA Robotics' PalletTech software version 3.5 suite consists of two modules, the PalletEdit tool and the PalletRunTime application package. PalletEdit is a PC based offline engineering and programming tool that allows development of complete palletizing applications in a GUI environment, including optimized pallet patterns and robot motion profiles. The tool features a point and click interface and requires no spreadsheet or formula interfaces. New features in version 3.5 include enhanced clamp gripper support that allows for the use of grippers with two independent gripping segments and multiple orientation pick capability that allows for the robot to pick product that is oriented either lengthwise or widthwise from the same conveyor.

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

The KUKA logo is a registered trademark of KUKA Roboter GmbH. KUKA, PalletTech, PalletEdit and PalletRunTime are trademarks of KUKA Roboter GmbH. All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.

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KUKA Robotics Corporation
Kevin Kozuszek, 248-819-0230 (voice)
Director of Marketing
866-329-5852 (fax)
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