On June 23, 2018, Universal Robots launched the new e-Series family of cobots at the Automatica trade show in Munich – the world’s most comprehensive trade show dedicated to automation. Along with UR’s staple features of rapid deployment, easy programming and setup, and high-tech safety protections, the new e-Series also includes a host of great new features. Integrated force-torque sensors, enhanced and redesigned teach pendant (UR’s programming interface) complete with lighter and easier-to-use cabling and touch controls, and additional input and control ports are just a few of e-Series’ benefits. You can read more about the benefits of e-Series on UR’s website. The Robot27 team has already completed several projects with e-Series cobots and have found them to be a fantastic new piece of machinery.
As one of the fastest-growing segments in the automation world, the Robotic Industries Association points out that collaborative robots are getting smarter to stay competitive. Traditionally, heavy industrial tasks have been handled by robots surrounded by safety cages, complex guarding, or other space-wasting items. With recent developments in the collaborative robot field, however, “the line between industrial robot tasks and collaborative robot tasks are beginning to blur” according to the article.
For example, Universal Robots have broken into the welding industry with an innovative system called SnapWeld detailed in this article on our website. Most automated welding solutions are large, expensive, and require an immense amount of protective guarding to keep them safe around humans. With the recent advances in cobot technology, UR provides a more cost-effective solution for both long- and short-run welding projects without the need for excessive guarding due to the robot’s integrated safety systems. Other industrial applications being tackled by the latest generation of cobots include CNC tending, finished good assembly, and more.