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60+ UR cobots will be exhibited in more than 30 booths at Automate, taking place in Detroit, MI, May 22-25, 2023.

Pro Spot's new i5s resistance spot welder powered by a UR cobot

Universal Robots (UR) is not only the most widely used collaborative robot arm in the manufacturing industry, but the UR cobots have also become the platform of choice for a fast-growing ecosystem of innovative OEM solutions.

UR’s Automate booth #3623 showcases the latest innovation in a rapidly expanding application field, including the world’s first cobot spot welder, designed and manufactured by Pro Spot International. While other welding technologies such as MIG welding have become popular choices for collaborative robots, spot welding has up until now been prohibitive for cobots due to the weight of the weld gun and the complexity of the welds. With the new i5s resistance spot welder, Pro Spot has developed a lightweight solution, delivering 2-3x more manufacturing capacity than manual spot welding.

Another manual welding tool now incorporated in a cobot application is the new rotational positioner from THG Automation, addressing any welder who ever struggled to weld circular or odd-shaped parts.

New takes on palletizing and case pack
Manufacturers looking to verify whether a UR cobot palletizer will work for their application can now receive a complete project analysis with performance and installation data, delivered on-the-spot in UR’s booth. With, Rocketfarm is launching the first digital twin solution developed for palletizing with UR cobots. The solution is sought after by integrators who can now quickly verify customer projects on-site, and is showcased with partner Columbia/Okura’s miniPAL®, a mobile palletizing solution powered by the UR10e cobot arm.

Multi-tasking cobots in gasketing station, process automation cells, and new operator interfaces
The versatile nature of UR cobots’ ability to handle entire process cycles will be demonstrated by INPRO Technologies’ fully integrated gasketing station for instantaneous curing with plasma treating, liquid gasket dispensing, and UV light. The station features a UR cobot arm performing both assembly/disassembly, material handling, and process control tasks, all while serving as the main coordinating ‘PLC.’

RoboRoom from Reliabotics is a new UR-based 48”x50” modular turnkey automation work cell, designed for a variety of automation applications such as surface deburring & finishing, assembly & test, pick & place, dispensing & bonding, and vision inspection. At Automate, RoboRoom is showcased with an inverted UR5e robot performing metal parts deburring using ATI tools and its own proprietary, recycled CO2 surface-cleaning technology.

The new Operator Interface from Robot27 allows operators to easily access and run pre-programmed robot programs and functions without touching the UR teach pendant. Machine operators can execute these tasks with just a few clicks and with no possibility of altering any programming.

“Attendees visiting our Automate booth will quickly realize how our ecosystem continues to innovate on our platform,” says Joe Campbell, senior manager of applications development at Universal Robots. “We’re constantly collaborating with partners on addressing new automation frontiers, with Automate being the perfect discovery pad for our rapidly expanding solution portfolio.”

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