KUKA Robotics Introduces Robotic Layer Forming Palletizing Solution

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—October 10, 2007— KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced it will introduce and demonstrate its new robotic layer forming palletizing solution at Pack Expo in Las Vegas, NV October 15-17, 2007 booth S-5767. Robotic layer forming virtually eliminates package damage caused by conventional palletizers as they mechanically turn the packages to form interlocking pallet patterns that are necessary to create a stable pallet without a reduction in palletizing speed. The solution utilizes a KUKA KR 40 PA robot to positively orient and position each case or package to form the layer. The result is a robust, repeatable, flexible, and fast palletizing solution that does not sacrifice product or case integrity.

"Major retailers are increasingly requiring product shipments to be smaller, display ready and more varied in size and configuration and thus manufacturers need a more versatile system that can handle frequent product changeovers," said Stuart Shepherd, president of KUKA Robotics Corporation. "Our solution gives existing conventional palletizer users and manufacturers a lower cost option to retrofit their current system or improve future end of line packaging systems.

KUKA Robotics is partnering with its system partner T-Tek Material Handling Inc. (booth C-4846) of Montgomery, Alabama to introduce and demonstrate the new solution at the show. The new robotic layer forming palletizing solution utilizes a KUKA KR 40 PA robot. The KUKA KR 40 robot is a 4 axis robot with a payload capacity of 40 kg and a reach up to 2091 mm. It utilizes state of the art carbon fiber composite materials making it extremely light without sacrificing stiffness. KUKA Robotics will showcase the new robotic palletizing system on its booth (S-5767) at Pack Expo in Las Vegas, NV October 15-17. For more information on the event visit the Pack Expo website at http://pei2006.packexpo.com/attendee/visitor.html

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 8,000 units, and an installed base of over 75,000 units. The company's 4, 5 and 6 axis robots range from 5kg to 1000kg payloads, and 635mm to 4000mm 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.

KUKA Roboter GmbH, based in Augsburg, Germany, is a member of the KUKA Aktiengesellschaft Group and ranks among the world's leading manufacturers of industrial robots. Core competencies are the development, production and sale of industrial robots, controllers, software and linear units. KUKA employs about 1,850 people worldwide. Of these, 1,200 are employed in Germany, either at the KUKA Robot Group headquarters in Augsburg, or at various subsidiaries. In 2006, sales totaled 375 million Euro. Over 20 subsidiaries provide a presence in the rest of Europe, the US and Asia.

The KUKA logo is a registered trademark of KUKA Roboter GmbH. KUKA, KUKA KR 40, KUKA KR 100 PA and PalletTech are trademarks of KUKA Roboter GmbH. All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.


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