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Kuka, which develops industrial robots and components for factory automation applications, has launched the Quantec range of robots, which are said to be light, fast and energy efficient.

The robots, which will be unveiled at an open-house event at Halesowen-based Kuka Automation and Robotics in October, covers an entire high payload range from 90kg to 300kg, with reaches from 2,500mm to 3,100mm.

The Quantec range comprises four models: Ultra for payloads up to 300kg; Prime for payloads of up to 240kg; Extra for payloads up to 210kg; and Pro for payloads up to 120kg.

The streamlined design and more slender robot wrist enable the range to achieve repeatability of +/-0.06mm.

All models are based on common parts with just four motor and gear unit variants, identical tool flange on the wrist and a universal hole pattern for the mounting base in line with Kuka’s previous 2000 range, ensuring that the new robots are fully compatible with existing cell layouts.

Jeff Nowill, the company’s UK general sales manager, said: ‘The starting point is a systematic concept that makes it possible to select exactly the right robot, so that no investment is made in unnecessary payload capacity.

‘Quantec robots are specially engineered to match a customer’s specific requirement, with maximum flexibility at the system planning and design stage, ensuring less conceptual and design work and greater planning security.

‘They are able to set new standards in technically and economically key areas such as accuracy, energy efficiency and performance, precisely because of Kuka’s philosophy of intelligent reduction of assemblies and of the moving mass,’ he added.

In line with its objective of eliminating the need for restrictive hardware, the company has launched its new KR C4 all-in-one system, which integrates robot, motion, sequence and process control.

Kuka has also produced the lightweight, touch-screen Smartpad operator panel, which offers established functions such as a 6D mouse and new features such as a USB port for saving and loading data directly onto the control unit.

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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