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Universal Robots Raises the Bar for Collaborative Robots with New e-Series Line Featuring Unique Sensing, Safety and Precision Tools

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With the new e-Series platform the market leader of collaborative robots
sets a new standard for cobots, adding built-in force/torque sensing,
unrivaled safety features, and improved precision for faster integration
in a wider range of future-proofed applications

Universal Robots pioneered the collaborative robot and continues to
evolve its ground-breaking, collaborative automation technology with the
introduction of its new flagship line the e-Series
cobots
. The new UR3e, UR5e and UR10e robot arms will launch in North
America at IMTS in Chicago, September 10-15 at Universal
Robots' IMTS booth N-236861
.

"The e-Series strengthens the core principles that define collaborative
robots: fast set-up, easy programming, flexible deployment, safe
operation, and a quick ROI," says Stuart Shepherd, Regional Sales
Director for Universal Robots' Americas region. "As manufacturers
increasingly embrace cobots, we see the need to support even more
demanding applications with the greater accuracy and tool integration of
the e-Series."

With a new built-in, tool-centric force/torque sensor, the e-Series is
ready to take on popular collaborative robot applications that require
force control right out of the box such as sanding, buffing, polishing
and deburring where force-feedback is paramount in order to obtain
uniform results. Additionally, the force/torque sensor can be used to
measure mass and perform inspection processes or precisely detect
contact. Increased repeatability of 30 microns (0.03mm) in the UR3e and
UR5e models and 50 microns (0.05mm) in the UR10e makes the new cobots
suitable for precise finishing, assembly and electronics tasks.

A re-designed intuitive and responsive touch user expedites program
development by reducing programming to a few clicks on a new
lightweight, wide-screen teach pendant. At the same time, advanced users
can utilize the new externally accessible 500Hz system bus to implement
more complex motion control algorithms or profiles, such as advanced
machine vision applications.

The user interface now also includes the ability to program stopping
time and stopping distance for protective stops. This unique feature,
not found on any other collaborative robot, greatly reduces the
complexity and uncertainty involved in performing pre-deployment risk
assessments. All 17 safety functions are certified by TÜV Nord and
comply with the latest ISO machinery safety standards for unobstructed
human-robot collaboration.

The ‘e' in e-Series stands for Evolution and underpins Universal
Robots' key vision of Empowering People and making it Easy for
Everyone
. "End-users with complex applications and diverse or
uncertain future needs will benefit from the e-Series platform and our
unique UR+
ecosystem
knowing that their investment will be able to grow with
them as their needs change," says Shepherd, referencing the rapidly
expanding portfolio of certified UR+ plug & play end-effectors, software
and peripherals certified for UR cobots now available.

As the catalog and capability of UR+ products grow so has the need for
increased tool power consumption. To address this emerging need the
e-Series platform tool power supply now supports up to 2A of peak
current. The new cobot line also adds four additional digital inputs
with an associated interface for use with conveyor tracking. A new
wrist-joint-tool communication interface reduces production line
integration time and the hassle associated with routing cables between
the end-effector and control cabinet. All joints are field replaceable
in under six minutes. "The global cobot market is the fastest-growing
segment of industrial automation. The e-Series will continue to propel
this class of robots forward into new applications in small machine
shops and large enterprises alike. I look forward to introducing the
IMTS audience to the e-Series experience," says Shepherd.

Universal Robots will start taking orders for the e-Series immediately
and plans to begin shipping units to customers from August 1, 2018. IMTS
will be the first opportunity in North America to experience the
e-Series live.

About Universal Robots
Universal Robots was co-founded in
2005 by the company's CTO, Esben Østergaard – the 2018 Engelberger Award
Winner – who wanted to make robot technology accessible to all by
developing small, user-friendly, reasonably priced, flexible industrial
robots that are safe to work with. Since the first collaborative robot
(cobot) was launched in 2008, the company has experienced considerable
growth with the user-friendly cobot now sold worldwide. The company,
which is a part of Teradyne Inc., is headquartered in Odense, Denmark,
and has subsidiaries and regional offices in the United States, Germany,
France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Turkey, China, India, Singapore,
Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Mexico. In 2017, Universal Robots had a
revenue of USD 170 million. For more information, please visit www.universal-robots.com
or read our blog at blog.universal-robots.com.

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