Collaborative robots with built-in force/torque sensing
- October 10, 2018
Universal Robots has introduced the new e-Series collaborative robot platform.
The e-Series incorporates built-in force/torque sensing, upgraded safety features and improved precision.
The new UR3e, UR5e and UR10e robot arms were launched in North America at IMTS 2018.
With a new built-in, tool-centric force/torque sensor, the e-Series is adapted to popular cobot applications that require force control out of the box – such as sanding, buffing, polishing and deburring where force-feedback is paramount in order to obtain uniform results. Additionally, the force/torque sensor can be used to measure mass and perform inspection processes or precisely detect contact. Increased repeatability of 30 microns (0.03mm) in the UR3e and UR5e models and 50 microns (0.05mm) in the UR10e makes the new cobots suitable for precise finishing, assembly and electronics tasks.
A redesigned intuitive touch user interface expedites program development by reducing programming to a few clicks on a new lightweight, wide-screen teach pendant. At the same time, advanced users can utilize the new externally accessible 500Hz system bus to implement more complex motion control algorithms or profiles, such as advanced machine vision applications.
The user interface now also includes the ability to program stopping time and stopping distance for protective stops. This unique feature, not found on any other collaborative robot, greatly reduces the complexity and uncertainty involved in performing pre-deployment risk assessments. All 17 safety functions are certified by TÜV Nord and comply with the latest ISO machinery safety standards for unobstructed human-robot collaboration.