A new high accuracy robot series paired with new software for high precision milling, trimming, routering, de-burring, dispensing, striping, gauging, and laser processing at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2008 (Sept. 8-13; McCormick Place, Chicago). KUKA Robotics Corp. (Clinton Township, MI) launched its KUKA KR 100 HA (high accuracy) robot series and KUKA.CAMROB software at the show. CAMROB automatically generates robot programs from CNC data for a variety of processes including plastics. It also features milling application modules allowing the robot to integrate milling tools.
KUKA says the software and milling application modules combination represents a complete system for automatic CNC machining with a robot. By combining capabilities in one robot platform, KUKA says workspace is maximized, with one system used to mill, grind, glue, cut, saw, and handle. Additionally, at any time, the robot can be quickly adapted to a new production process. KUKA Robotics Corp., a division of KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg, Germany; www.kukarobotics.com.