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What does Karakuri mean?

Karakuri is an automation mechanism that was invented in Japan in the 17th to 19th century. At first, most of the applications that were developed were used for leisure purposes, such as serving tea.

For decades, Karakuri has been a central element of the lean philosophy, where it refers to the simple but intelligent automation of processes based on physical principles – with no drives, sensors, electricity or compressed air. The intention is to use resources that are already in place – existing plants, parts and components on the one hand and the creativity of the on-site workforce on the other (low-cost automation). Karakuri should be fun!

The benefits of Karakuri applications

Low-Cost (Intelligent) Automation (LCIA) typically costs around 80 to 90 percent less than comprehensively automating production processes – but delivers a similar level of efficiency. Discover the benefits of Karakuri with item.

Field-proven application examples

Profile Tube System D30 can be used to build intelligent Karakuri applications that exploit the laws of gravity and mechanics for their own purpose.

A number of practical examples are provided here in video format.

Products for putting your applications into practice

Just a small number of components can help you significantly improve manual processing work and put your own Karakuri applications into use with item.

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