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2 minute read • published in partnership with KUKA

KUKA launches new medium payload robot – the KR IONTEC

KUKA is launching a new product series in the medium payload category – the KR IONTEC – the successor to the KR 60-3

Robotics and automation specialist KUKA is market-launching a new product series. As the successor to the KR 60-3, the KR IONTEC sets new standards in terms of flexibility in the medium payload category. It is designed for operation in conventional and digital production worlds and stands out in particular for its large work envelope – the best in its class.

KUKA has launched its new medium payload IONTEC robot / Picture: KUKA

The KR IONTEC can be used in any installation position – on the floor, on the wall or inclined. The option of converting the payload capacity of the installed robot from 30kg to up to 70 kg also makes it extremely flexible. Furthermore, with a maximum reach of 3,100 mm, the new KR IONTEC has the largest work envelope in its class. Thanks to its long reach, the ability to work particularly close to the robot itself and the enlarged workspace beneath the robot, the KR IONTEC optimally exploits its work envelope. The reduced space requirements of the robot, with a 30% smaller footprint and a 10% more streamlined disruptive contour, enable a more compact cell design.

Gustavo Moscardo, Chief Sales Officer of KUKA Robotics, said: “Powerful, slim, flexible and, fit for the digital production world of the future. With the new KR IONTEC, we are delivering exactly what the market expects from a robot in the medium payload category, and even more.”

The KR IONTEC features the lowest maintenance requirements in its class. The maintenance costs are reduced by the fact that the robot requires fewer spare parts and that, on average, an oil change is only necessary after every 20,000 hours of operation. Due to the reduced energy consumption, resulting from the improved drive technology and decreased weight of the robot, the running costs are also lower. The new KR IONTEC excels in terms of TCO and life cycle efficiency. Technical availability is over 99% and the mean time between failures is around 400,000 hours of operation.

The KR IONTEC is ready to use in both conventional and digital production worlds and is equipped with various Motion Modes. These software add-ons can be used to adapt the robot flexibly to different production processes at the press of a button.