Universal Robots reveals all-new 20kg industrial cobot

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Danish collaborative robot (cobot) manufacturer Universal Robots has announced the addition of a new 20kg cobot to its product range.

The UR20 features an entirely new joint design to allow for faster cycle times and the handling of heavier loads.

According to Universal Robots, the cobot’s 1,750mm reach will help improve packaging and palletising, and its smaller footprint will save space within production areas.

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

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

“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 we have long been celebrated for.

“We’ve also incorporated advanced software enhancements, giving users unprecedented motion control capabilities.

“The next step in redefining automation will be to bring the same innovative features to a new family of cobots.”

Universal Robots launched one of the world’s first commercially viable cobots in 2008 and has since built an ecosystem of more than 1,100 integrators, distributors and independent partners.

This latest development comes after Universal Robots reported its best ever Q1 results this year.

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