May 18, 2021
Universal Robots has announced enhancing its UR10e with an increased payload of 12.5 kg (25.55 lbs.), giving its best-selling robot the ability to handle heavier items for palletizing, machine tending, and packaging applications. The company said the robot’s price will remain unchanged, with shipments scheduled to start in the second half of June.
“Universal Robots is committed to continuous improvement based on meaningful conversations with customers and our ability to address critical market opportunities,” said Kim Povlsen, president of Universal Robots. “Our customers have already deployed UR cobots on a wide variety of palletizing applications. Over time, they have identified opportunities to utilize 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.”
The new payload capacity now lets the UR10e be used in applications with cartons weighing up to 10g and a 2.5 kg gripper; but can also be used for loading and unloading heavier workpieces in machine tending deployments and packaging of heavy items. The goal is for the cobot to take more weight from the hands and shoulders of humans, leading to improved ergonomics and working conditions, Universal Robots said.
“Humans are not designed to lift heavy goods repeatedly, but our cobots handle these tasks with ease,” said Povlsen. “By taking over unergonomic activities, UR 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.”
MBO Postpress Solutions in Germany has integrated the UR10e as part of its CoBo-Stack stacking application. “Increasing the payload of the UR10e will make our MBO CoBo-Stack much more profitable for our customers by expanding their application possibilities to include larger packages and heavier products, such as perfect-bound or saddle-stitched catalogs and brochures,” said Sebastian König, head of research & development at MBO Postpress Solutions GMbH.
The updated UR10e also includes plug-and-play compatibility with products in UR’s UR+ ecosystem of hardware and software peripherals. “The greater payload of UR10e makes a big difference to palletizing applications by enabling users to handle loads up to 12.5 kg in weight,” said Nicolas Lauzier, senior product manager at Robotiq. “WIth 25% greater automation potential, it also means that the UR10e can help whenever there is a single line that needs to palletize a wide range of products of different weights.”
Universal Robots said orders of the upgraded UR10e can now be placed with UR distributors globally. For more details, visit the UR10e website.