There are many different applications that do not require that a robot has an abundance of strength, but manufacturers still want the robots they use to be powerful and quick. That is why KUKA developed an entire line of low payload robots to handle a variety of material handling, material removal, dispensing, and welding needs. One of these robots is the KUKA KR16.
At first glance, the lightweight frame of the KR16 may not evoke a sense of power for a manufacturer. However, once the robot is integrated into their facility, their minds may quickly change. The cycle times of the KR16 far outweigh anything that a human worker could do, especially over the course of an entire shift. For example, from start to finish, the cycle time for a KUKA KR 16 bin picking robot is 12 seconds. That includes the image acquisition, 3D recognition, gripping of the part, and placing of the part. While a human worker may be able to start off a shift at 12 seconds per cycle, they definitely would not be able to keep that high speed throughout the day. The KR-16 has no problem keeping up the pace.
This level of power and speed means that 2,400 parts could be picked in one 8-hour shift. That level of speed improves the overall production rates throughout the line, allowing manufacturers to pick more parts per hour than ever before. This could mean that manufacturers are able to take on more orders, effectively growing their businesses after switching from manual labor to robotics, while also cutting labor costs along the way.
Are you interested in learning more about the low payload KUKA KR16 robot and the benefits it could provide you and your company? Then you should call RobotWorx, a certified integrator for KUKA Robotics. Our staff will work with you to help you find the best robotic system for your company and application.