Universal Robots’ UR5 and UR10 robotic arms now include a force control feature integrated into the software to enable more complex automation processes, including flexible packaging, fragile products, and buffing or polishing applications. The arms measure electrical current within joints to determine force and movement, rather than depending on more expensive sensor technology, the company says.
The robotic arms are designed to work alongside personnel without safety shielding in most installations. They will stop operating if they come into contact with an employee, preventing worker injury. The plug-and-play robots can be easily moved throughout a production area, and a simplified user interface and teaching function enable ease of programming. The UR5 offers a payload of 5 kg (11 lbs) while the UR10 accommodates 10 kg (22 lbs). With reach capacity ranging to 51", speeds as fast as 39"/sec. and repeatability of ±0.004", the six-axis robots are capable of quick, dexterous handling, even of small items.