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Ing Klaus Burk produces plastic injection-moulded parts which are used, for example, for winding, packaging and transportation of high-quality foils and ultra-thin films. One of the company’s injection-moulding machines, with a clamping force of 1,500 tonnes, produces five different end plates used to package hanging rolls of foil and paper. Daily output is between 800 and 1,000 units. The company had decided to automate the unloading of this injection-moulding machine. The quality of the recycled thermoplastics used by Burk as raw materials had been permanently improved, thus eliminating one obstacle to automation. Higher-quality plastics eliminated the need for visual inspection, which had previously made manual handling essential. In the search for an automation solution, the Kuka KR 125 robot proved to be a better alternative than a linear unit. Six-axis robots are ideally suited for lateral unloading of parts from an injection-moulding machine.

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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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