Kuka’s KR C5 Micro Robot Controller is designed to be compact and offer increased mounting flexibility.
Global automation company Kuka Robotics Corporation has added the KR C5 micro to its line of robot controllers. The KR C5 is designed to provide the same capabilities and storage capacities as full-sized controllers while being more compact — approximately 200 percent smaller. The controller is for the company’s KR AGILUS and KR 6 SCARA families of robots. It is designed to save floor space, provide increased mounting flexibility and offer easy integration of software and robot compatibility.
The KR C5 weighs 9 kg, with an overall volume of 16 liters. This allows users to mount the controller horizontally or vertically in a wall-mounted/bookshelf orientation or stack multiple units on top of each other, according to the company. Optional mounting brackets for controller fastening allow it to adapt to existing industry standard rack mount rails for having multiple robot controllers within a single cabinet. Because it is compact, Kuka states that it is easy to ship, set up and relocate if needed.
The KR C5 micro operates on 220V single-phase power and comes with Kuka System Software (KSS) version 8.7, which enables users to migrate programs from existing KR C4 controllers under KSS 8.6 to the new KR C5 micro. This capability eliminates the need to rewrite existing programs, according to the company. Software tech packages are available for processes such as dispensing, laser applications, gripper control and more.
Accessories for the KR C5 micro include power cables, external battery box, all necessary plugs, mounting brackets and, as optional, removable SSD card and 19″ rail mounting frame. Users have the option to use one battery for up to three robots via cable connection.