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Faster, stronger, more versatile: KR SCARA now also available with a payload of 12 kilograms

The success of electromobility and regenerative energies increased the demand for Scara robots for a higher payload with more range. To match this, KUKA has developed standard and cleanroom versions of the KR SCARA that can move up to 12 kilograms.

7 September 2022

Stronger robot arms especially needed

Scara robots, which cover the payload class up to 10 or up to 12 kilograms, are currently particularly needed in Asia. However, demand for an industrial robot of this type is also increasing in other regions of the world. Whether in electromobility, for example, stacking in battery production, for manufacturers of photovoltaic systems, in the assembly of components or in the packaging of medicines: These robots with their four axes are versatile in automation and pick-and-place tasks.


The KR 12 from KUKA therefore now fills a gap in the market and is eagerly awaited, especially since the KR SCARA series offers the same advantages for any payload: the shortest cycle times, high repeatability, compact design.

KUKA robots with highest speed

Both the SCARA KR 12 standard model and the KR 12 robots for the cleanroom are available in three different reaches up to 850 millimeters. At a reach of 650 millimeters, the cycle time is just 0.40 seconds, and at 850 millimeters 0.42 seconds. The KR SCARA thus stands for maximum efficiency, and this at temperatures from 0 to 45 degrees Celsius. At 50 kilograms, the KR 12 has a low weight for greater flexibility.

Benchmarking in the laboratory showed that the new Scara robot from KUKA is at the forefront of its robot class in many areas. Particularly noteworthy are the breadth of our portfolio and our cycle times. In terms of circular accuracy, we even achieved the best values in the entire test series.

Kenny Li, Product Manager bei KUKA

Suitable for clean room application

The fact that the cable routing runs inside the KR 12 makes it extremely compact and easy to clean. The standard versions comply with protection class IP20, the cleanroom versions with protection class IP54. This means that customers in the pharmaceutical industry, for example, benefit not only from the increased payload. Low maintenance requirements also meet market demands.

Learn more about the SCARA robot family from KUKA

Whether assembling small parts, handling or testing, KUKA's Scara Series 4-axis robots are flexible in installation, deliver high precision in motion and are low-key in maintenance. Get more information about the robot family here.

New Scara model from KUKA

Certified for high safety in almost any application, all versions of the KUKA KR 12 can be ordered from mid-July 2022. From mid-October 2022, the robots with the higher payload will then be ready to start work for manufacturers all over the world and further advance automation.