Kawasaki Robotics, a member company of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group, has been providing high performance industrial robots for manufacturing processes since 1969. With an office in the UK since 1996, KRUK will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year.
Reliable Performance and capability extends throughout the product range meeting customer demands for increased flexibility, intelligent control and high speed.
The dedicated and professional team at Kawasaki Robotics (UK) Ltd have a wealth of knowledge on robotic automation within all industry sectors. With a range of robots with payloads between 2Kg and 1500Kg, Kawasaki are able to supply a robot suitable for a wide range of applications.
Over 2500 Kawasaki robots are now operating within the UK, all supported from our offices in Warrington. KRUK are able to offer a full support package from service, spares and application support. System simulations and demonstrations to ensure the best solution for an application are also offered.
3 – 80Kg -Small to medium Payload – R-Series
100 – 300Kg – Large Payload – Z ,CX and BX Series
350 – 1500Kg - Extra Large Payloads – M Series. MG15HL, released 2015 in Japan, 1500Kg.
100 – 300Kg – Spot Welding – BX Series - Hollow Arm and wrist. No external harnesses required.
Arc Welding – BA Series – Hollow arm and wrist. No external harnesses required
Painting Robots – Explosion proof, ATEX Certified
80 – 700Kg – Palletising robots – RD, ZD and CP. CP best in class
2 -3Kg – Delta Robots – High speed pick & place. Small payloads
4 – 5kg – Cleanroom robots. 5Kg Stainless Steel Hydrogen Peroxide resistant
With robots supplied into Toyota, JLR, Aston Martin, Heinz Foods, Ryobi, GSK and Pegler Yorkshire to name but a few, the products have an unenviable reputation for reliability and performance even in harsh enviroments.
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Kawasaki have increased the maximum payload available from a Kawasaki robot to 1,500 Kg. The unique design has meant that the robot has a small footprint with no counter balance weight hanging on the back of the robot. This is due to the new link structure forjt3 and also the hybrid link mechanism and ball screws. With a reach over 4m and high rigidity due to the ball screw drive for jt2 and 3 the MG series now allows customers to move heavier loads with confidence, excellent repeatability without taking up too much valuable floor space. With two units already sold in the UK, Kawasaki are sure that these new additions to the Kawasaki Robot range gives customers a 'one stop shop' for all their robotic requirements.
The DuAro Dual Arm SCARA Robot from Kawasaki robotics is a new concept of an innovative dual-arm SCARA robot with low power motors and a speed reducing function that allows the DuAro to co-exist with people in a production environment. The DuAro occupies the same space as a single person, is easy to teach and comes with a variety of options.
Kawasaki Robotics has added a 1,000kgs payload robot to its heavy payload M-Series range. Meeting an increasing demand for handling heavy loads, the new MG10HL's compact design maintains rigidity and accuracy throughout its extensive motion range.
The Kawasaki MG10HL allows applications such as handling automotive floor pans, or complete bodies, between processes to be carried out safely, quickly and accurately using minimal floor space. For applications requiring payloads over the 1,000 Kgs limit there is also a 1,500 Kgs option available.
The lightweight design uses high-rigidity ball screws in conjunction with Kawasaki's hybrid link mechanisms on joint 2, a parallel link, and joint 3, a serial link. The hybrid link mechanism also removes the need for heavy and bulky counterweights and allows a compact footprint of 1.2mtr x 1.3mtr.
A wide motion range is another benefit of the hybrid link design enabling up to 4.005mtrs horizontal reach and 4.416mtrs vertical reach. Two 5 KW motors on each major axes (joints 1-3) deliver high torque and enable high payloads while maintaining the compatibility of motors throughout the M-Series range.
All M-Series robots are designed to withstand high reactionary torques to the wrist and the MG10HL is no exception; the added benefit of its high-rigidity ball screws on joints 2 and 3 reduce arm deflection and support high positioning accuracy.
Capable of operating 2,050 cycles per hour with a 130 Kgs payload is the claim of Kawasaki Robotics for its new CP range of palletising robots. Three new models make up the CP range, offering maximum payloads of 180, 300 and 500kgs.
High throughput, a wide working range and ease of programming are attributes that position the range competitively in the palletiser market. By reducing the robots weight by up to 38% [over the range it replaces] and enhancing the drive mechanism for the arm's rotation (joint 1), payload capacities have been increased in line with overall performance.
Ian Hensman, Kawasaki Robotics' Sales and Marketing manager points out that the new arm offers the optimal flexibility demanded by manufacturers and food processors today, "The CP Range robots rank as best in class when running the standard industry takt test for large robots; 400 mm up, 2,000 mm horizontal and 400 mm down. Having the ability to increase palletising speeds when production demands is a bonus and added to the large palletising volume of 1,800 mm by 1,600 mm and height 2,200 mm users are provided with a wide working range.
"Supporting the high performance of the CP Range are the 'Green Credentials' that it offers. We've concentrated on making this robot low energy and easy to maintain; more than 90% of all components across the range are identical allowing customers to reduce their parts handling and storage requirements. An integrated hybrid function stores energy from braking utilising it for acceleration and lowering energy consumption overall."
The CP Range is supplied with the compact Kawasaki E03 controller which is ideal for locating under a conveyor in normally redundant space. Straight-forward programming is also offered when the optional K-SPARC palletising software is used. This enable programmes to be generated offline by selecting the work-piece, pallet and stowage pattern; layout planning and operating simulations can also be performed enabling optimisation of the palletising operation
The UK's manufacturing sector is in pretty good shape just now with successful businesses being aware of the necessity for automation in core applications. To be competitive in domestic and global markets, especially since the Brexit vote, manufacturers have to produce consistently high-quality products cost-effectively and implement continual improvement. Robots have moved from the position of 'would like to have' to' must have'.
Kawasaki Robotics has been installing robots into the UK manufacturing sector for 20 years. From our facilities in Warrington, Kawasaki Robotics supports an installed base of over 2,500 robots, throughout the UK and Ireland.
The core applications addressed by Kawasaki Robotics are mainly found in, but not exclusive to, volume production environments include handling packages of food at the end of production line, loading and unloading machinery, welding, spray painting and sealant application, repetitive handling of heavy loads up to 700Kgs and palletising. This is not an exhaustive list but more a list of applications where manufacturers think of robots as a necessity.
Our experience at Kawasaki Robotics, working with successful manufacturers, illustrates less of a focus on justifying robots and more an emphasis on selecting the right robot supplier partner with products of proven reliability and the quality of ongoing support. Speed of operation, compactness and energy efficiency are key criteria for robot selection where production operations are increasingly becoming populated by multi-robot cells.
Return on Investment (ROI) is still critical for our customers and technology developments continually help us to keep Kawasaki robot prices affordable. Kawasaki Robots have truly found their place in the general manufacturing process and are now procured in a similar fashion to machine tools and less as a specialist item of technology.
As a strategic division of global giant Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kawasaki robots are supported world-wide and can be found in the widest range of applications from high volume automotive to one off handling applications. To illustrate that it's not only the high-tech volume users that justify automation we need only look at one of the World's oldest crafts still carried out for the Scottish distillery market - coopering.
Automation technology has proved it can mix effectively and unobtrusively with the heritage craft of barrel manufacturing at Speyside Cooperage in Alloa. Two Kawasaki robots and a purpose designed lathe are being used in the refurbishment process of traditionally built oak barrels.
With the barrels open at both ends a robot is ideal for loading them into a lathe operation - often in excess of 100Kgs the robot eliminates a lengthy manual operation and health and safety issues.
In Carrickfergus, Ryobi Aluminium Casting (UK) Limited is a global leader in specialist aluminium die castings. Using 14 Kawasaki robots the business sees reliability as a key to continued investment. Loading castings into machining operations the robots ensure a consistent performance with zero tooling and casting damage. In addition over 45 operators at Ryobi receive training on the Kawasaki robots to ensure safety standards and confidence are maintained. This is managed efficiently in-house in conjunction with the local Northern Regional College (NRC).
Ian Hensman, UK Sales and Marketing Manager, Kawasaki Robotics UK Ltd
Unit 4, Easter Court, Europa Boulevard, Warrington WA5 7ZB
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Following a Japanese launch for its Du-Aro Collaborative robot late last year, Kawasaki Robotics has introduced the unit to the UK market and is currently completing the installation of several operational systems.
Du-Aro is a two arm collaborative robot designed to function as a quickly and easily installed co-worker to meet fluctuating production demands.
Where production runs are limited in volume, justifying costly dedicated assembly or packaging tooling can be difficult. Finding operators to integrate on production lines at short notice, and for limited periods, can be an even bigger problem; so having a co-worker robot that just wheels into position when needed is a natural progression for manufacturing automation.
Two SCARA configuration arms sharing the same central pedestal allow Du-Aro to provide the same working envelope as a human operator. Controlled by a single controller, co-ordinated arm movements can be programmed easily either by ‘lead through’ or by using a tablet or robot teach pendant.
Low-power motors and speed reduction helps Du-Aro to co-exist with human operators and in the event of a collision or contact with any object or an operator, collision detection sensors immediately stop all motion.
“The concept of Du-Aro is based around the need for ease of integration and flexibility”, explains Kawasaki Robotics UK Sales Manager Ian Hensman, “Integrating it onto a production line conveyor with other operators simply requires it to be wheeled into position and the arms to be physically guided through the required motions. Of course sensors are required to provide inputs to the controller but even this area has been simplified with the inclusion of optional vision cameras.”
Catering for the non-robotics specialist, the Du-Aro’s controller can be supplied with embedded vision processing software. A range of application specific cameras, light sources and grippers are available that simply plug into the robot’s arms.
“We believe we have made the whole process of programming very straight-forward from programme routines and sensing, through to simulation of the working area and operation. However, support we realise is always essential and our application engineers are always on hand to provide assistance and provide essential tips as and when needed,” concluded, Hensman.
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