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Market-leader in collaborative robots, Universal Robots, launches next-generation cobot technology named 'e-Series'

Published: 20 June 2018 - Neil Mead

The pioneer and a market-leader of collaborative robots, Universal Robots’ new flagship e-Series collaborative robots, launched at Automatica 2018 in Munich, Germany, are the result of the company continuing to improve its ground-breaking technology.

The e-Series includes technology advances that enables faster development for a wider variety of applications, offers easier programming than ever, and meet the very latest ISO safety standards.

“Our e-Series platform is leveraging our years of experience as the market leader within collaborative robots combined with our overall product philosophy of empowering, keeping it easy and making it accessible to everyone,” says Jürgen von Hollen, President of Universal Robots. “The technology behind e-Series as well as our unique Universal Robots+ ecosystem will give users much more operational ease and flexibility, and give them greater production output.”

A wide range of improvements

Built-in, tool-centric Force/Torque sensor gives the e-Series the superior precision and greater sensitivity needed for deployment in an even wider range of applications.

A re-designed intuitive and responsive-touch user interface reduces cognitive load and expedites program development by simplifying programming flow and reduces programming to a few clicks on a new lightweight, wide-screen Teach Pendant.

The e-Series offers unparalleled convenience. It takes just one hour to unpack the cobot, mount it and program the first task. A wrist-joint-tool communication interface reduces production line integration time and complexity. Meanwhile, from a service standpoint, all joints can be replaced in two to six minutes.

There are 17 safety functions, including customisable stopping time and distance, make collaborative automation easier than ever. Certified by TÜV Nord all these functions are in compliance with the EN ISO 13849-1 and EN ISO 10218-1 (Cat. 3 PLd) machinery safety standards for unobstructed human-robot collaboration.

Universal Robots will start taking orders for the e-Series immediately and plans to begin shipping units to customers from August 1, 2018. Lead time is expected to be the same as with its other products, five days.

You can visit Universal Robots at Automatica in hall B4, booth 303.

Specifications of the e-Series:

Arm Specifications

Humidity                     90%RH (non-condensing)

Tool Current Output    600mA continuous, 2A pulsed

Tool Threading            UR3e, UR5e, UR10e: Steel

IP Class                        IP54

 

Control Box Specifications

IP Class                        IP44

Humidity                     90%RH (non-condensing)

I/O Ports                      20 digital in (including 4 Conveyor Tracking inputs)

 

Teach Pendant Specifications

IP Class                        IP54

Humidity                     90%RH (non-condensing)

Weight                        1.6kg (including 1m of cable)

Cable Thickness           8mm

Touch Technology       Capacitive Touch Sensitive

Display Resolution       1280x800 px

 

Performance Specifications

Pose Repeatability      +/- 0.03mm for UR3e and UR5e & +/- 0.05mm for UR10e

Force Accuracy           UR3e: 3.5N, UR5e: 4N, UR10e: 5.5N

Safety Certification     ISO 13849-1, ISO 10218-1, Cat. 3, PLd

Safety Functions          17 (new safety features: Stopping time and stopping distance)

Bus Frequency             500Hz

Software Upgrades     Fully upgradable software

Languages                   23 (new languages: Hungarian, Romanian and Traditional Chinese)

 

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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