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At the banana-ripening facility of Coop Schweiz, crates of bananas are restacked before being shipped. The company also inspects the quality of the fruit at this time, and ensures that they are shipped exclusively on europallets. Weighing and attaching prices to the bananas was previously also carried out here, but since this is now done at the point of sale, an opportunity existed to automate the main tasks that remained. A special requirement is that the fruit must be handled with great care. Thus the crates with the delicate bananas have to be picked up and put down gently, without being tilted or tipped over. Moreover, the automation equipment has to be able to pick up boxes that are pressed together and those that become tilted during sea transport. Given this set of requirements, only jointed-arm robots came into consideration as an automation solution. Coop Schweiz decided in favour of three KR 160 PA Long Range palletising robots.

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KUKA can trace a presence in the UK back to 1976, and the founding of the business KUKA Welding Systems + Robots Limited. The business in its current form, KUKA Robotics UK Limited, is wholly-owned a subsidiary of KUKA Roboter GmbH, Europe's largest manufacturer of industrial robots; and sitting within the KUKA Group of companies – encompassing robotics and automation solutions – to an annual turnover value of 1.9 Billion Euro. In 2013,, KUKA Roboter made some 20,000 industrial robots for all applications.

Within the UK, we are a stable, profitable business that fosters and encourages an active self-improvement plan for all employees ensuring we retain experienced members of staff which improves our customer interaction markedly.

The on-going training of Robot Sales Specialists, Application Engineering staff and Customer Service team is rigorous to ensure a robust understanding of our entire range. This ensures that the correct robot is specified initially, that it is appropriate to application and environment, and that post-delivery, we can support every device 24-hours-a-day.

The company moved to its current Wednesbury home late in 2011, from where sales, support and customer service operations are centred. The training facility – containing 8 training cells – was installed in the summer of 2013; and demonstration facilities including robots of all sizes, employing an external linear axis, and a moulding machine demonstration cell is a coherent experience for any visitor.

Our showroom also allows an opportunity to see some devices, such as those ideal for platen-mounted injection moulding machine use, to be the subject of a close first-hand interaction; which also includes an example of KUKA's revolutionary and world-leading LightWeight Robot (LBR).

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