Designed to move payloads of up to 13 kg, the new model offers users a reach of 1,460 mm whilst fully laden. Repeatable positional accuracy is guaranteed across the lifespan of the robot at +/- 0.03 mm at full reach and the unit can be either floor or ceiling mounted.

In addition to its outright speed, the new model also requires minimal space on the shopfloor. Further, the arm is rated to IP67, meaning that the robot can be used in washdown or high-hygiene applications, such as those found in the food processing or pharmaceutical industries.

Over time, Kawasaki Robotics sees the all-new RS13N replacing the one of its most popular ever models, the RS10N, which was first deployed into active service in 2009. Examples of this previous model have delivered sometimes staggering numbers of cycles – Kawasaki says that one customer has seen more than 12 million fault-free cycles performed, with nothing more than routine scheduled maintenance required.