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Universal Robots launching 30 kg collaborative robot

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The UR30's high payload brings new possibilities as it allows the cobot to use multiple grippers at the same time. This means it can remove finished parts and load more material in one single pass, shortening changeover times and maximizing productivity. PHOTO courtesy Universal Robots.

Universal Robots, the Danish manufacturer of collaborative robots (cobots), has announced that it will expand its leading product portfolio with a new 30 kg payload cobot.

UR30 is the second in Universal Robot’s new series of next generation cobots and is built on the same architecture as the award-winning UR20. Despite its compact size, UR30 offers extraordinary lift, and its motion control ensures the accurate placement of large payloads allowing it to work at higher speeds and lift heavier loads.

This makes UR30 a contender for several applications, including machine tending, material handling and high torque screw driving.

“The higher payload and greater flexibility underpin a new era in automation. Industries around the world are embracing more agile manufacturing and modularity in production – part of achieving that modularity and agility is about mobility and this cobot delivers that despite its payload,” says Universal Robots president Kim Povlsen. “As industries evolve, the UR30 not only meets but anticipates shifting demands, enabling businesses to adapt and respond to changing needs effectively.”

For machine tending, the high payload brings new possibilities as it allows the cobot to use multiple grippers at the same time.

“This means it can remove finished parts and load more material in one single pass, shortening changeover times and maximizing productivity,” the company says in a release.

UR30 will also support high torque screw driving as it can handle larger and higher-output torque tools, and thanks to a steady mode feature UR30 delivers straight and consistent screw driving. This will be beneficial in, for example, the automotive industry.

In addition to this, the 30 kg payload makes UR30 a match for material handling and palletizing of heavy products across all industries, with the small footprint enabling it to fit into almost all workspace – relieving humans of the heavy lifting. Weighing only 63.5 kg, it can also be easily moved between work cells.

The UR30 is available for pre-orders now and will begin shipping in Q1 2024.

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