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Karakuri Automation

How Does Karakuri Work?

Working Smarter

SUS's Karakuri Mechanisms utilize gravity and the natural weight of items to achieve simple automation. Many tasks that once required an operator can now be unmanned. And because traditional karakuri mechanisms don't require electricity, operational costs are minimized for truly lean manufacturing.

  • A Mechanism That Makes Use of Gravity

Link Mechanism

Link Mechanism

The Link Mechanism consists of joints specially designed to be long lasting. Its ability to convert between circular motion and linear force makes it useful for a wide range of applications.

Movable Pulley

Movable Pulley

The Pulley System demonstrates the relationship between force and distance. By understanding the basic principles of pulleys, you can move items long distances or change the effort needed to move a load.

Karakuri Training

Automation Training Units

Automation Training

Miniature karakuri are the perfect tool for learning lean automation. Easy to build, these kits teach how and why karakuri automation works. Each kit includes all parts, assembly instructions, and parts list. Assembly videos are online.

Packages

Starter Package

Packages include all of the necessary frames, connectors, and motion parts to build full sized karakuri or standard structures. Drawings and parts lists are also included.

Basic Karakuri Units

Turns

90 Degree Turn

The corner table rotates 90 degrees and then returns to its original position via counterweight. The orientation of the tote is maintained.

Horizontal Turn

The corner table tilts and then returns to its original position via counterweight. The orientation of the totes changes.

Stoppers

Intermittent Stopper (Rotation Type)

The intermittent stopper rotates, allowing the tote to move forward. Any subsequent totes would be held in place by the rear arm of the stopper.

Intermittent Stopper (See-saw Type)

Depressing the foot pedal activates the see-saw and releases the front tote while simultaneously holding back any subsequent totes.

Karakuri Applications

These pages showcase 18 of SUS’s most popular Karakuri units in action. Many of the structures seen here are found in the Ready Solution Catalog.

To see dozens of additional videos, including assembly, tips, and new designs, visit SUS America on YouTube.

Flip-flop Chuter

FlipFlop

Discharge Trolley

Dispense Dolly

Horizontal Turn

Horizontal Turn

AVG Dispense/Receive Trolley

AGV combined with Chuter

NEWStopper (See-saw)

Stopper See-saw

Elevator

Elevator

Karakuri Applications

These pages showcase 18 of SUS’s most popular Karakuri units in action. Many of the structures seen here are found in the Ready Solution Catalog.

To see dozens of additional videos, including assembly, tips, and new designs, visit SUS America on YouTube.

NEWZig-zag Chuter

Zig-zag Chuter

NEWFlip-up Trolley

Flip-up Trolley

Palette Chuter

Palette chuter

NEWElevator for Large Totes

Elevator for Large Totes

NEWLevel Lifter (Spring)

Level Lifter (Spring)

NEWUnstacker

Unstacker

Karakuri Applications

These pages showcase 18 of SUS’s most popular Karakuri units in action. Many of the structures seen here are found in the Ready Solution Catalog.

To see dozens of additional videos, including assembly, tips, and new designs, visit SUS America on YouTube.

Automated 90° Turn

Electric 90 Degree Turn

Overpass Transfer

Overpath Transfer

Electric Lifter

Electric Elevator

Automated Flip-flop Chuter

Electric FlipFlop Chuter

Electric Level Lifter

Electric Level Lifter

Electric Transfer Table

Electric Transfer for Asembly