Twenty-kilo cobot

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Universal Robots, the Danish manufacturer of collaborative robots (cobots), is adding a new 20 kg cobot to its product range.

Universal Robots president Kim Povlsen (left) and vice-president innovation and strategy Anders Beck present the UR20 at Automatica 2022.

Called the UR20, the cobot has a new joint design that will allow for even faster cycle times as well as the ability to handle heavier loads. Its 1750-mm reach has been designed to work to the full height of the standard Euro-pallet, which will transform the way businesses package and palletize, while its small footprint will allow companies to achieve more within their existing production space.

In addition to palletizing, Universal Robots expects the UR20 to be used for welding, material handling, machine loading and machine tending.

This is not just a bigger version of our existing cobots; it’s the cobot redefined,” says the company’s president, Kim Povlsen.

“The UR20 is the most innovative cobot we have produced and the latest evolution in 17 years of technical experience in the robotics industry. Our expert engineers have completely re-engineered the arm while retaining the same intuitive user interface.”

The company launched its first cobot in 2008 and has since built a network of more than 1,100 integrators, distributors and independent partners creating components, kits and applications. The company has sold more than 50,000 cobots and has drawn on the knowledge gained through its established customer base in the design of this latest product.

The UR20 is the first in a new series.

Povlsen said the new generation of cobots will help users to achieve end-to-end automation.