The New KUKA KR C4 Robot Controller

May 9, 2017

The KR C4 controller by KUKA offers intelligent, safe, and flexibility on the production line. The KR C4 has Robot and Motion Control with control processes for PLC, CNC, and Safety. Furthermore, integrating a KUKA KR C4 controller onto the production line will offer businesses cost reductions, decreased maintenance, and improved efficiency and flexibility.


KUKA brings a rev­o­lu­tion­ary con­troller to the automa­tion game with the con­trol sys­tem of the future, the KR C4. The KR C4 is a pow­er­ful, intel­li­gent, safe, and more flex­i­ble con­troller that can bring a scal­able appli­ca­tion poten­tial and more to your pro­duc­tion line. It is tru­ly a pio­neer for the automa­tion indus­try as it has seam­less­ly inte­grat­ed Robot and Motion Con­trol with con­trol process­es for PLC, CNC, and Safety. 

The KUKA KR C4 also brings cost reduc­tions in inte­gra­tion, main­te­nance and ser­vic­ing, while also increas­ing long-term effi­cien­cy and flex­i­bil­i­ty of the sys­tems through all of the fol­low­ing advantages. 

Flex­i­ble Control: 

The KUKA KR C4 is the uni­form con­troller for all KUKA robots rang­ing from the low to high pay­load cat­e­go­ry. It’s open archi­tec­ture enables it to con­trol KUKA robots and exter­nal axes. By tak­ing advan­tage of cur­rent, open tech­nolo­gies such as Giga­bit Eth­er­net and mul­ti-core archi­tec­ture, KUKA Robot­ics has cre­at­ed a robot con­troller that is com­pact, afford­able, and durable. Even the soft­ware is struc­tured dif­fer­ent­ly — with all the com­po­nents shar­ing a data­base and infra­struc­ture. KUKA brings to the table its new­ly devel­oped, ground-break­ing, clear­ly-struc­tured sys­tem archi­tec­ture that cre­ates open and pow­er­ful data stan­dards. This allows all inte­grat­ed con­trollers – from Safe­ty­Con­trol, Robot­Con­trol, and Motion­Con­trol to Log­ic­Con­trol – to have a joint data­base and infra­struc­ture to use and share intelligently. 

Ener­gy Savings: 

The new ener­gy man­age­ment sys­tem reduces ener­gy con­sump­tion of the con­troller to be reduced up to 95% in stand­by mode.

Pow­er­ful Design: 

KUKA chose durable com­po­nents and a well-designed cab­i­net to help guar­an­tee a reli­able oper­a­tion even under extreme con­di­tions. Safe­ty, robot, log­ic, and motion con­trol are all com­bined in a sin­gle con­troller. Secure data exchange mea­sured in mil­lisec­onds forms the basis for new safe­ty con­cepts in human machine coop­er­a­tion. It under­stands its own robot lan­guage KRL and also CNC and PLCs, enabling it to com­mu­ni­cate direct­ly to your Siemens or Rock­well con­troller. Addi­tion­al­ly, the data­base and infra­struc­ture are shared, enabling a sim­pler and more pow­er­ful automa­tion prod­uct. KUKA has done a phe­nom­e­nal job with cre­at­ing a supe­ri­or prod­uct with the KR C4-based automa­tion solu­tions, pro­vid­ing sim­ple and flex­i­ble robot pro­gram­ming via inline forms and new Spline motion programming.

Bet­ter Performance: 

The KR C4 has a high run-time per­for­mance and a high-end Soft PLC option that allows full access to the entire con­troller I/O sys­tem. This enables the I/O han­dling of the robot, a com­plete robot cell, or even a line of mul­ti­ple robots. Fur­ther­more, vari­ables such as axis posi­tions and/​or veloc­i­ties can be read and processed via func­tion blocks. The per­for­mance ben­e­fits don’t stop there. The KUKA CNC con­trol option pro­vides for the abil­i­ty of direct pro­gram­ming and oper­a­tion of KUKA robots via G‑code. This helps process com­plex pro­grams from CAD/CAM sys­tems while pro­vid­ing a high degree of accu­ra­cy. All of this tech­nol­o­gy coor­di­na­tion helps to sim­pli­fy the inte­gra­tion of robots into an exist­ing CNC environment. 

Increased Safe­ty:

The safe­ty con­troller is inte­grat­ed into the con­trol sys­tem with­out any pro­pri­etary hard­ware. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion of the safe­ty func­tions are imple­ment­ed via Eth­er­net-based pro­to­cols while also enabling the dual-chan­nel oper­a­tion required for safe­ty appli­ca­tions, all using mul­ti-core technology. 

Ver­sa­tile and Reliable: 

The KUKA KR C4 con­troller can work with dif­fer­ent mains volt­ages and types, and in extreme envi­ron­ments such as cold, heat, or humid­i­ty. It also speaks 25 lan­guages and meets all glob­al­ly rel­e­vant ISO and US standards.

KR C4 Variants: 

All five vari­ants of the KR C4 are supe­ri­or in every form. They pro­vide the cus­tomer with dif­fer­ent options for opti­mal inte­gra­tion into a spe­cif­ic automa­tion envi­ron­ment. All of the dif­fer­ent types of the KR C4 con­troller enable all require­ments, such as stack­a­bil­i­ty, pro­tec­tion against dust, humid­i­ty and oth­er influ­ences, to be tak­en into account. The four oth­er vari­ants are list­ed below: 

KUKA KR C4 Compact: 

|Size: 271483460 mm|

|Pro­tec­tion Rat­ing: IP 20|

|Weight: 33 kg |

|Axes: 6+2|

KUKA KR C4 Smallsize‑2:

|Size: 615580540 mm| 

|Pro­tec­tion Rat­ing: IP 54|

|Weight: 60 kg |

|Axes: 6+6|

KUKA KR C4 Midsize: 

|Size: 1160792558 mm| 

|Pro­tec­tion Rat­ing: IP 54|

|Weight: 160 kg |

|Axes: 6+2|

KUKA KR C4 Extended: 

|Size: 1600842562 mm| 

|Pro­tec­tion Rat­ing: IP 54|

|Weight: 240 kg |

|Axes: 6+2|

KUKA Smart Pad Teach Pendant

The KUKA Smart Pad Teach Pen­dant can oper­ate all KUKA robots and KR C4 con­trollers. It makes oper­at­ing robots sim­ple as it has sim­ple oper­atur con­trollers with jog keys and 6‑D mouse. It fea­tures well ‑lit 8.4 screen with an intu­itive user inter­face and user friend­ly design. It has a low weight for extra com­fort and enables direct sav­ing and load­ing con­fig­u­ra­tions via the USB port. A 6D mouse and on board USB port pro­vide new ways to inter­act with a teach pen­dant. The smart­PAD also includes keys and a large touch screen display.

It if the teach pen­dant isn’t being used, it can sim­ply be unplugged dur­ing on going oper­a­tion. The port­fo­lio of KUKA soft­ware solu­tions cov­ers near­ly all appli­ca­tion to help meet near­ly every cus­tomer requirement. 

Con­tact Robots​.com

The KUKA KR C4 is the per­fect solu­tion for any­where on the globe where high-per­for­mance con­trol sys­tems are required. If you are inter­est­ed in learn­ing more about robot­ic con­trollers and the KUKA KR C4, con­tact Robots​.com rep­re­sen­ta­tives online or reach them at 8777626881.

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