Kuka’s big beast
01 August 2007
Kuka Roboter’s new ‘titan’ can hold its own among the really big hitters. With a payload capacity of 1,000kg, a reach of 3,200mm and a work envelope of 78m³, it is the largest and strongest 6-axis industrial robot in the world and these statistics have earned it a place in the Guinness Book of Records. For customers, the titan opens up many new fields of application for this new automation solution – wherever power, reach and precision are required.
The titan was developed for applications in the building materials, automotive or foundry industries, where it is capable of moving loads such as whole car bodies entirely unaided. Hitherto this was only possible using at least two robots – or more usually with complex special kinematic systems for heavy loads.
It is articulated by a total of nine motors, which together deliver the power of a mid-sized car. As a result, its design called not only for a robust steel base frame but also for a completely new drive concept. In axes one and three, two motors feed into a single gear unit. Likewise, axis two is powered by two motors, each with its own gear unit. Furthermore, titan can withstand a static torque of 60,000Nm - all the more remarkable when you consider that a powerful car has a maximum drive torque of only 600Nm.
With a weight-to-payload ratio of less than 5, the KR 1000 titan can be transported in a standard container and can be installed in any industrial production shop thanks to corresponding mounting plates.
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