The KUKA KR
150/180/210 S2000 family of robots is the update of one of the most popular
industrial robot types. BMW, Volkswagen Audi Group, Daimler and many more use
them. The lightweight arm is of a single sided design that gives an improved
work envelope. The KUKA KR150/180/210 range are multi-purpose 6 axis robots and
can be used in a wide range of applications, from palletizing to milling,
welding, de-burring and machine tending. The arm is largely constructed of
aluminum making it nearly half the mass of a comparable ABB robot. This means
it is faster and more energy efficient. The base of the robot has forklift
points built in. The arm is sealed to IP65.
The S2000 uses a
mechanical balance spring that is simpler and lower maintenance than a gas
spring. The arm has been designed to allow easy servicing and better routing of
controller, like the KRC1, is PC based and runs windows. Because of this it has
a huge amount of free memory and has great connectivity, better than a
comparable ABB controller for example. Physically the KRC2 controller is very
compact and can be stacked. The cables from Controller to robot are 10m long.
The controller has both CD rom and floppy disc drives. The KRC2 has built in 16
inputs and 16 outputs of up to 100mA and a further 4 outputs at up to 2A these
are on the X11 connector along with the safety circuit connections. The I/O can
be easily expanded using devicenet units up to a total of 1024 inputs and 1024
outputs. Fibre optic Interbus is available as an option.
The KCP teach
pendant as a very large colour screen and a unique 6-axis joystick, although
many prefer to simply use the buttons to control the axis. The good screen
means that the pendant can be used as a good alternative to a separate HMI.
well as programming via the pendant programs can be written or edited using
wordpad or ultraedit. For full offline programming and simulation Kuka have
their Simpro software available.