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In the order-picking warehouse at Gilde in Tonsberg (Norway), a KUKA KR 180 PA robot takes care of the ‘fast movers’: the goods that are ordered most often and that are consequently dispatched in large numbers. It is integrated into a system concept from KUKA Norway. A forklift truck fetches pallets of crates, each containing large quantities of unmixed products. According to the customer order, the robot is told by the warehouse’s central computer which product to pick up next. The robot checks for itself whether it has grasped the correct product by holding the crate against a scanner. A new code is then stuck onto the crate to specify the customer for delivery. The KR 180 PA robot then sets it down on a conveyor, which transfers it to the next store room.

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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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