High payload cobot

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Universal Robots (UR) is launching a new version of its UR10e cobot with an increased payload of 12.5kg (27.55lbs), creating new possibilities for applications such as palletizing, machine tending, and packaging.

The robot’s price remains unchanged.

The UR10e can now be used in palletizing applications with cartons weighing up to 10kg and a 2.5kg gripper.

The UR10e is now more versatile for other material handling tasks such as loading and unloading heavier items in machine tending deployments and packaging of heavy items.

The enhanced UR10e’s greater payload takes more weight from the hands and shoulders of humans, leading to improved ergonomics and working conditions. With overexertion and repetitive motion accounting for an estimated 24 percent and eight percent of workplace injuries respectively in the U.S. alone, this provides significant relief to human workers.

“Humans are not designed to lift heavy goods repeatedly, but our cobots handle these tasks with ease. By taking over unergonomic activities, UR cobots boost productivity, improve product quality, and help businesses rethink how to best use the creative and problem-solving abilities of their workforce – all while keeping people safe,” says Kim Povlsen, UR president.

MBO Postpress Solutions in Germany has integrated the UR10e as part of its CoBo-Stack stacking cobot. “Increasing the payload of the UR10e will make our MBO CoBo-Stack much more profitable for our customers by expanding their application possibilities to include larger packages and heavier products, such as perfect bound or saddle stitched catalogues and brochures,” says Sebastian König, head of research and development at MBO Postpress Solutions.

The updated UR10e also provides plug-and-play compatibility with products from Universal Robots’s UR+ ecosystem of hardware and software peripherals,.

Orders can be placed with UR distributors globally now, with shipments of the new UR10e scheduled to start in the second half of June.