- July 20, 2018
July 20, 2018: Universal Robots continues to evolve its collaborative automation technology with the introduction of its e-Series cobots. The UR3e, UR5e and UR10e robot arms will launch in North America at IMTS in Chicago, September 10-15 at Universal Robots’ IMTS booth N -236861.
With a built-in, tool-centric force/torque sensor, the e-Series is ready to take on collaborative robot applications that require force control 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 detect contact. Repeatability of 30 microns (0.03mm) in the UR3e and UR5e models and 50 microns (0.05mm) in the UR10e makes the cobots suitable for finishing, assembly and electronics tasks.
Users can utilize the externally accessible 500Hz system bus to implement more complex motion control algorithms or profiles, such as machine vision applications.
The user interface now also includes the ability to program stopping time and stopping distance for protective stops. All 17 safety functions are certified by TÜV Nord and comply with the latest ISO machinery safety standards for unobstructed human-robot collaboration.
As the catalog and capability of UR+ products grow so has the need for increased tool power consumption. To address this emerging need the e-Series platform tool power supply now supports up to 2A of peak current. The cobot line also adds four additional digital inputs with an associated interface for use with conveyor tracking. 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. All joints are field replaceable in under six minutes.
Universal Robots will start taking orders for the e-Series immediately and plans to begin shipping units to customers from August 1, 2018. IMTS will be the first opportunity in North America to experience the e-Series live.