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Friday, August 22, 2014

Danish Robot Supplier to Make U.S. Debut at IMTS

Danish robotics company Universal Robots will make its U.S. debut this September at IMTS, Quality Magazine reports. The company has exported its robotic automation equipment around the world, but the Chicago trade-show demonstration will mark the first time its UR5 and UR10 robot arms will be on display in the United States.

Called “the world’s most innovative robot” by the International Federal of Robotics and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, the UR5 is designed for manufacturers that traditionally have found robots to be too expensive. The robot arm is said to be user-friendly, featuring a short adaptation time through “plug-and-play” setup that allows inexperienced operators to quickly learn how to control the device to their specifications and requirements.

In fact, Universal Robots, based in Odense, Denmark, advertises the UR5 and UR10 as ready for use within hours of receipt. Because the arms are lightweight and flexible – the UR5 weights 40 pounds and can handle a load of up to 11.3 pounds – they can be used within existing factory layouts while causing minimal impact or downtime.

The UR5 and the larger UR10 also feature patented evaluation technology that bypasses the need for sensor systems, so the robot arms can determine how much pressure they are exerting and how they are moving. This also helps safety, as the UR series can detect when they are exerting too much force in the event that a worker gets too close. Because of these cost-effective measures, the UR5 is a more affordable solution to medium-sized manufacturers, the company says.

“Many companies worldwide have invested in UR robots to save manpower, whereas others have used them to boost product quality or productivity,” Universal Robots CCO Thomas Visti said in a statement. “Sometimes they are used in repetitive tasks to improve working conditions for employees. We see potential in all these applications in the U.S. market.”

Brian Lane


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