Universal Robots cobots are versatile, lightweight collaborative robotic arms designed to work safely alongside humans. Users program it through an intuitive touch-screen interface and by positioning the robot with their hands.
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The UR cobots are named for their payload in kilograms. UR3e can lift 3 kg. UR5e can lift 5 kg. UR10e can lift 10 kg.
Users can learn to program the robot with the UR academy in less than 2 hours.
UR robots are being used today to assemble car seats, handle electronic components, tend to machines, and pack eggs, among many other things.
There are more than 25,000 Universal Robots cobots sold worldwide.
- New e-Series has three models: UR3e (payload of 3 kg), UR5e (5 kg), and UR10e (10 kg). Equipped with dual encoders, frameless servo motors, zero-backlash harmonic drives in all six joints, and a built-in force/torque sensor at the tool flange. Includes 17 safety functions, including programmable stopping time and stopping distance. Full ISO 10218-1 compliance, ISO13849-1, Category 3, PLd rating, and 30 to 50 micron repeatability. Joints are field-replaceable in under 6 minutes. Externally accessible 500 Hz system bus enabling integration with external controllers. Enables agile deployment of complex applications such as sanding, polishing, buffing, gluing, and dispensing.
- 50 to 130 cm | 20 to 51 in (reach)
- cm | in
- 12.8 to 19 cm | 5 to 7.5 in
- 11 to 33.5 kg | 24 to 74 lb
- 3.6 km/h | 2.2 mph
- Proprietary sensor for measuring electrical current in the robot's joints and determining force and movement.
- AC synchronous motors
- 100-240V AC power supply, 47-440 Hz
- Custom solid-state computing and control system. Sixteen digital I/O ports, two analog I/O, 500 Hz control, four separate high-speed quadrature digital inputs, Ethernet, ModbusTCP interface, one USB 2.0, and one USB 3.0 for external equipment.
- Linux OS, PolyScope programming interface on 12-inch touchscreen with mounting, ROS integration.
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
- 6 (rotating joints)
- Aluminum, ABS plastic
- $27,000 to $50,000 (approximate, through distributor)
The idea behind Universal Robots' user-friendly, inexpensive robot arms started to take shape in 2003 at the University of Southern Denmark, where Esben Østergaard was working on a Ph.D. degree. His dissertation was about how the robotics market consisted mostly of heavy, expensive, and unwieldy robots. He cofounded Universal Robots in October 2005 with financial help from investment firm Syddansk Teknologisk Innovation. The goal was to make robot technology available to companies of all sizes, especially small and medium-size manufacturers that considered automation too costly and complex. Universal Robots tested its first prototype arm in 2007 and shipped its first robot arm in 2008. Today, the company sells its products in more than 40 countries worldwide.
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