KUKA - A robot for all tasks in the medium payload

02 Apr 2020


KUKA is launching a new product series in the medium payload category – the KR IONTEC - the successor to the KR 60-3


Robotics and automation specialist KUKA is market-launching a new product
series. As the successor to the KR 60-3, the KR IONTEC sets new standards in terms of flexibility in the medium payload category. It is designed for operation in conventional and digital production worlds, and stands out in particular for its large work envelope – the best in its class.


Utmost flexibility and cells with a small footprint

The KR IONTEC can be used in any installation position – on the floor, on the wall or inclined. The option of converting the payload capacity of the installed robot from 30, to up to 70 kg also makes it extremely flexible. Furthermore, with a maximum reach of 3,100 mm, the new KR IONTEC has the largest work envelope in its class. Thanks to its long reach, the ability to work particularly close to the robot itself and the enlarged workspace beneath the robot, the KR IONTEC optimally exploits its work envelope. The reduced space requirements of the robot, with a 30 percent smaller footprint and a 10 percent more streamlined disruptive contour, enable a more compact cell design.


“Powerful, slim, flexible and, fit for the digital production world of the future. With the new KR IONTEC, we are delivering exactly what the market expects from a robot in the medium payload category, and even more,” says Gustavo Moscardo, Chief Sales Officer of KUKA Robotics.


Best values for total cost of ownership (TCO)

The KR IONTEC features the lowest maintenance requirements in its class. The maintenance costs are reduced by the fact that the robot requires fewer spare parts and that, on average, an oil change is only necessary after every 20,000 hours of operation. Due to the reduced energy consumption, resulting from the improved drive technology and decreased weight of the robot, the running costs are also lower. The new KR IONTEC excels in terms of TCO and life cycle efficiency. Technical availability is over 99 percent and the mean time between failures is around 400,000 hours of operation.


Ready for the production world of the future

The KR IONTEC is ready to use in both conventional and digital production worlds and is equipped with various Motion Modes. These software add-ons can be used to adapt the robot flexibly to different production processes at the press of a button, so to speak:


Performance Mode ensures high performance, dynamics and efficiency as standard.

Path Mode enables exact continuous-path motion at all velocities with absolute accuracy and precision.

Dynamic Mode can be used to minimize cycle times.


The KR IONTEC is available for ordering as of January 2020. Delivery of the first models is scheduled for April.




KUKA is a global automation corporation with sales of around 3.2 billion euro and roughly 14,200 employees. As one of the world’s leading suppliers of intelligent automation solutions, KUKA offers customers everything they need from a single source: from robots and cells to fully automated systems and their networking in markets such as automotive, electronics, general industry, consumer goods, e-commerce/retail and healthcare. The company is headquartered in Augsburg. (As at: 31 December 2018)