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Universal Robots has rolled out its new flagship cobots under the name of e-Series.

The e-Series cobot platform includes tech advances that enable faster development for a wider variety of applications, according to the company.

Improvements include the ability to economically deploy more applications due to the precision and sensitivity provided by a built-in, tool-centric Force/Torque sensor.

It takes one hour to unpack the cobot, mount it and program the first task, and a wrist-join-tool communication interface reduces production line integration time and complexity - and all joints can be replaced in two to six minutes.

A re-designed intuitive and responsive touch user-friendly interface streamlines program development by simplifying programming to a few clicks on a new wide-screen Teach Pendant, says the company.

The 17 safety functions, including customisable stopping time and distance, are certified by TÜV Nord and comply with the industry best-practice EN ISO 13849-1 and EN ISO 10218-1 (Cat. 3 PLd) machinery safety standards for unobstructed human-robot collaboration.

"Our e-Series platform is leveraging our years of experience as the market leader within collaborative robots,” president Jürgen von Hollen says.

With the e-Series launch, Universal Robots now provides two different technology platforms. For customers interested in cobot capacity expansion for proven applications, the G3 is recommended, while the e-Series benefits businesses with advanced applications and diverse or uncertain future needs.

According to the International Federation of Robotics, an average of 83 industrial robots have been installed per 10,000 employees in Australia, with fewer in New Zealand.

However, for advanced economies, uptake of robotics has been comparatively low: Australia and New Zealand currently rank 21st and 27th in the world for robotic deployment respectively.

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