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August 24, 2006

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August 25, 2006 The prospect of a robotic production line might seem well beyond the financial constraints of most small businesses but industrial robots are improving productivity in smaller companies every day. KUKA Robotics new high speed KR10 SCARA robot is designed for customers needing highly reliable and precise automation solutions of long reach tasks. The new 4-axis robots when combined with KUKA Robotics' user friendly PC-based control platform gives customers an extremely easy to learn and use, pick-and-place automation solution. The new SCARA family of robots is expected to find application in a diverse range of industries including the appliance, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, logistics, food, pharmaceutical, medical, foundry and plastics industries and in multiple applications including material handling, machine loading, assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing.

The KUKA KR10 SCARA robot family includes 600mm and 850mm reach models and are capable of handling payloads up to 10kg. The robots' highly accurate link and gear combinations and optimized control loops in the kinematic chain give the robots unrivalled repeatability. The low weigh of the robots ensures optimum acceleration values and maximum working velocities which minimizes cycle times.

"These new SCARA robots are ideal for customers with pick and place, assembly or material handling applications where precision, reliability and speed are key," said Kevin Kozuszek, director of marketing for KUKA Robotics Corporation. "Additionally our easy to use KUKA control technology enables simple installation, start-up and programming of our customer's robots."

KUKA Robotics Corporation, with its parent company KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of industrial robots, with an annual production volume approaching 10,000 units, and an installed base of over 75,000 units. The company's 5 and 6 axis robots range from 3kg to 570kg payloads, and 635mm to 3700mm reach, all controlled from a common PC based controller platform.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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