Kawasaki’s new MD400N robot can meet the demand in today’s world for the palletising and depalletisation of all kinds of consumer goods from food and drink, building supplies, medicines and printed matter which have become diversified in many ways, but still have to meet stringent requirement for freshness and just-in-time delivery.
The new MD400N can handle loads up to 400kg and stack them on a large pallet up to 2.7m high. With the 400kg load, the robot provides a linear movement of 400mm vertically and 2,000mm horizontally, performing high-speed motions as fast as 740 times per hour.
The new robot has an extremely small footprint enabling it to work in a compact area. This is because Kawasaki uses a special link design which eliminates the heavy and large rear counter balance normally needed and as used by most other heavy payload palletising robots. This feature increases the robot’s speed and flexibility whilst decreasing its running costs.
A variety of hands can be fitted to the robot head for the handling of various packages including sacks, boxes, crates, etc as single product or complete layers. In conjunction with the choice of programmes available in the controller unit, palletising patterns such as ‘interlock’, ‘column’ and ‘pinhole’ can be initiated.