Cobot Arms Enable More Applications, Easier Programming
IMTS 2018: Universal Robots’s UR3e, UR5e and UR10e E-series collaborative robot arms enable faster development for more applications and offer easier programming.
Universal Robots’s UR3e, UR5e and UR10e E-series collaborative robot arms enable faster development for a wider variety of applications, offer easier programming than previous models and meet the latest ISO safety standards, the company says.
With built-in, tool-centric force-torque sensors, the robot arms accommodate applications requiring force control, such as assembly, sanding, buffing, polishing and deburring. The force-torque sensor can be used to measure mass, to perform related inspection processes or to detect contact.
A re-designed intuitive and responsive-touch user interface is said to simplify programming flow while reducing programming to a few clicks on a lightweight, wide-screen Teach Pendant. Advanced users can utilize the externally accessible, 500-Hz system bus to implement more complex motion control algorithms or profiles.
The robot arms can be unpacked, mounted and programmed with their first task within one hour, the company says. A wrist-joint-tool communication interface reduces production line integration time and the hassle associated with routing cables between the end-effector and control cabinet. The E-series platform tool power supply supports up to 2 A of peak current. The cobot line also adds four additional digital inputs with an associated interface for use with conveyor tracking.
The user interface includes programming stopping time and stopping distance for protective stops to reduce the complexity and uncertainty involved in performing pre-deployment risk assessments. All 17 safety functions are certified by TÜV Nord and in compliance with the EN ISO 13849-1 and EN ISO 10218-1 machinery safety standards for unobstructed human-robot collaboration.
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