Universal Robots announces the new UR20 cobot

Universal Robots announces in automataic 2022 the new UR20 cobot with a payload of 20 Kg and a reach of 1,750 mm

On the opening day of the automatica 2022 fair that takes place in Munich from June 21 to 24, Universal Robots has just announced the launch of its new collaborative robot model UR20.

A few days ago Universal Robots announced that it would make an important presentation during the fair, which would generate great expectations. Today at 10.15 in the morning, coinciding with the start of the automatica fair, Kim Povlsen, President and CEO of Universal Robots and Anders Billesø Beck Vice President Strategy & Innovation have presented the new member of the family: UR20.

UR20 has a payload of 20 Kg and a reach of 1,750 mm offering 65% more speed. The UR20 is the best demonstration yet of Universal Robots’ unrivalled innovation in the cobot space, featuring an entirely new joint design that will allow for even faster cycle times as well as the ability to handle heavier loads. Its 1750mm reach has been designed to work to the full height of the standard Euro-pallet, which will transform the way businesses package and palletize, while its small footprint will allow companies to achieve more within their existing production space.

The company’s President, Kim Povlsen says:

‘This is not just a bigger version of our existing cobots; it’s the cobot redefined.

‘The UR20 is the most innovative cobot we have produced and the latest evolution in 17 years of technical experience in the robotics industry. Our expert engineers have completely re-engineered the arm while retaining the same intuitive user interface we have long been celebrated for.

‘The benefits of the UR20 are significant, from faster cycle times and the ability to handle heavier loads, to greater reach with a small footprint. We’ve also incorporated advanced software enhancements, giving users unprecedented motion control capabilities.’

Universal Robots launched the world’s first commercially viable cobot in 2008 and has since built an ecosystem of more than 1,100 integrators, distributors and independent partners creating components, kits and applications for its cobots. The company has sold more than 50,000 cobots and has drawn on the knowledge gained through its established customer base in the design of this latest product.

The UR20 signals the start of a new series of innovative, next-generation cobots, which will complement the company’s highly successful e-Series.

Kim Povlsen continues:

‘Our commitment to every customer’s success is reflected in the effort we put into creating our products, and the development of the UR20 is a perfect example of this. We are dedicated to quality engineering, stunning Nordic design and an outstanding user experience from software to endcaps.

‘The UR20 is just the beginning. We’re launching our next generation with this high-payload model first to market because it will make end-to-end automation a reality for our customers, allowing them to use cobot automation to cover new tasks. The next step in redefining automation will be to bring the same innovative features to a new family of cobots. So, watch this space – we can’t wait to show you what the future holds.’

Until now Universal Robots had a portfolio of 4 collaborative robots UR3e, UR5e, UR10e, UR16e, with load capacities ranging from 3 to 16 Kg.

Universal Robots, the leading Danish producer of collaborative robots, recently reported record first quarter 2022 revenue of $85 million, up 30% from its first quarter 2021 revenue. of $311 million, which he attributed to growing awareness of the contribution automation can make to productivity, as well as the role of cobots in supporting companies facing labor shortages.

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