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UR’s most powerful cobot ‘underpins new era in automation’

30 November, 2023

Universal Robots, the Danish manufacturer of collaborative robots (cobots), has demonstrated a new 30kg-payload cobot that it says will underpin a new era in automation. The UR30 machine weighs only 63.5kg, allowing it to be moved easily between work cells. It has a reach of 1.3m and footprint diameter of 245mm.

Universal Robots says that the UR30’s superior motion control capabilities ensure perfect placement of large payloads, allowing it to work at higher speeds and lift heavier loads. Its potential applications include machine-tending, material-handling and high-torque screwdriving.

The new cobot was launched at the iRex exhibition in Japan, where it was demonstrated lifting tyres together with their rims. Because it can handle 30kg at its full reach, regardless of the pose of the arm, it can not only lift a tyre, but also change its orientation during the lift.

For machine-tending applications, the high payload will open up new possibilities because the cobot can use multiple grippers simultaneously, and can remove finished parts and load new materials in a single pass, thus reducing changeover times and boosting productivity.

In screwdriving applications, the UR30 will handle larger and higher-output torque tools, while a steady mode function will deliver straight, consistent screwdriving.

The 30kg payload also makes the UR30 suitable for material handling and for palletising heavy products, with its small footprint allowing it to fit into almost any workspace.

The UR30 made its debut at the iRex exhibition in Japan where it was shown lifting tyres and their rims
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“The higher payload and greater flexibility underpin a new era in automation,” says Universal Robots’ president, Kim Povlsen. “Industries around the world are embracing more agile manufacturing and modularity in production – part of achieving that modularity and agility is about mobility and this cobot delivers that despite its payload.

“As industries evolve, the UR30 not only meets but anticipates shifting demands, enabling businesses to adapt and respond to changing needs effectively. As we continue to innovate, the UR30 is another step in UR's journey in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of automation.”

UR30 is the second in Universal Robot’s series of next-generation cobots and is built on the same architecture as the 20kg-capacity UR20 which it launched in 2022. It is available to pre-order and will start shipping in the first quarter of 2024.

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