Universal Robots will debut its new UR20 collaborative robot at this year’s IMTS trade event.
With a 1,750 mm (68.9 in) reach and 20 kg payload (44.1 lbs.), the UR20 offers expanded automation opportunities such as the ability to reach further into machines, tend several machines in the same cycle, and handle 25 percent heavier parts. While the UR20 is the company’s heaviest robot, UR says it’s the lightest cobot in its class, weighing 64 kg (141.1 lbs.).
At the Universal Robots IMTS booth (#236949), attendees will be able to see the UR20 load and unload heavy workpieces into a machine fixture requiring a long reach. “We have completely re-engineered the cobot’s field-serviceable joints, that deliver 30% more speed and torque within a closed capsule,” says Universal Robots’ VP of innovation and strategy, Anders Beck, explaining how the UR20’s base joint produces 700 Newton-meters of torque. “This is more than a performance model Tesla produces on all of its wheels. Even with the increase in reach and torque, we’ve managed to retain the cobot’s 50 microns repeatability, while still using standard single-phase power.”
Universal Robots has maintained the robot’s intuitive user interface while incorporating software enhancements to give users new motion control capabilities. An expanding ecosystem of third-party components and application kits, certified to be plug-and-play with UR cobots, also supports the UR20.
At IMTS 2022 UR+ partner Schunk will launch the EGU universal parallel electric gripper with the ability to handle varying part dimensions. The new gripper integrates with the new UR20 through a URCap (software handshake between the peripheral and the robot arm).
IMTS 2022 takes place Sept. 12-17 in Chicago Il.