Universal Robots’ best selling cobot, the UR10e, has been enhanced and is launching with a 25 per cent increased payload, enabling it to serve even more applications and handle heavier items, while improving overall productivity for customers.

The UR10e will now offer an increased payload of 12.5kg, creating new possibilities for applications such as palletising, machine tending and packaging, while remaining at the same price as previous iterations.

“Universal Robots is committed to continuous improvement based on meaningful conversations with customers and our ability to address critical market opportunities,” explains Kim Povlsen, president of Universal Robots. 

“Our customers have already deployed our cobots on a wide variety of palletising applications. Over time, they have identified opportunities to utilise our UR10e cobot in handling tasks with heavier items.

“In response to this demand, we have enhanced the UR10e to support greater payloads, providing customers with exciting new deployment capabilities." 

James McKew, regional director for Universal Robots APAC, welcomes this advancement to its well-established portfolio, saying that Australia and New Zealand will stand to greatly benefit.

“Internationally, the feedback has been very positive and as the demand for collaborative robots continues to grow locally, we anticipate the added benefits of the increased payload to generate greater demand,” McKew continues.

(To hear more from James McKew on cobots and their role in unlocking value in manufacturing in the ANZ region, tune in to The PKN Podcast, Ep 24)

Universal Robots says the enhanced UR10e retains the small footprint, intuitive programming experience, uncompromising repeatability, commitment to quality, and trusted performance its customers have come to expect.

With the increased payload capacity, user can now be used in palletising applications with cartons weighing up to 10kg and a 2.5kg gripper; and is now more versatile for other material handling tasks, such as loading and unloading heavier workpieces in machine tending deployments and packaging of heavy items.

Additionally, the enhanced UR10e’s greater payload takes more weight from the hands and shoulders of humans, leading to improved ergonomics and working conditions, and providing significant relief to workers.

“Humans are not designed to lift heavy goods repeatedly, but our cobots handle these tasks with ease,” says Povlsen.

“By taking over unergonomic activities, our 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.”

The updated UR10e also provides plug-and-play compatibility with products from Universal Robots’ UR+ ecosystem of hardware and software peripherals, ensuring that users can quickly and easily get started with collaborative applications.

Australia and New Zealand can expect delivery from the second half of June 2021.

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