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Described by Universal Robots as the "most innovative" collaborative robot it has produced to date, the all-new 20kg UR20 cobot has joined the company's expanding product portfolio.

The new cobot boasts an all-new design based on Universal Robots’ experience in highly refined engineering, and is the latest addition to the company’s strong portfolio of cobots.

According to Universal, the UR20 is its best demonstration of its “unrivalled innovation” in the cobot space, and features an entirely new joint design that will allow for even faster cycle times, as well as the ability to handle heavier loads.

Its 1750mm reach has been designed to work to the full height of the standard Euro-pallet, which will transform the way businesses package and palletise, while its small footprint will allow companies to achieve more within their existing production space. 

In addition to palletising, Universal expects the UR20 to be used for welding, material handling, machine loading and machine tending, as well as for innovative solutions created by its extensive partner ecosystem.

“This is not just a bigger version of our existing cobots – it’s the cobot redefined,” explained Kim Povlsen, president of Universal Robots. 

“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 engineers have completely re-engineered the arm, while retaining the same intuitive user interface we have long been celebrated for. 

“The benefits of the UR20 are significant, from faster cycle times and the ability to handle heavier loads, to greater reach with a small footprint. We’ve also incorporated advanced software enhancements, giving users unprecedented motion control capabilities.” 

The UR20 signals the start of a new series of innovative, next-generation cobots, which the company said will complement its highly successful e-Series. 

“Our commitment to every customer’s success is reflected in the effort we put into creating our products, and the development of the UR20 is a perfect example of this,” Povlsen added.

“We are dedicated to quality engineering, stunning Nordic design, and an outstanding user experience from software to endcaps. 

“The UR20 is just the beginning. We’re launching our next generation with this high-payload model first to market because it will make end-to-end automation a reality for our customers, allowing them to use cobot automation to cover new tasks. 

“The next step in redefining automation will be to bring the same innovative features to a new family of cobots. So, watch this space – we can’t wait to show you what the future holds.”

A clip of the official launch can be found here.

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