Universal Robots launches strongest cobot to date

The UR16e, from Universal Robots, is now available, and offers a payload capability of 16kg.

With a reach of 900mm and pose repeatability of +/- 0.05mm, the UR16 is designed for heavy-duty material handling, heavy-part handling, and machine tending.

President of Universal Robots, Jürgen von Hollen, said that economic uncertainty mean that flexibility was key to competitiveness.

“With UR16e, we meet the need for a collaborative robot that can tackle heavy-duty tasks reliably and efficiently. This launch significantly expands the versatility of our product portfolio and gives manufacturers even more ways to improve performance, overcome labour challenges, and grow their business,” he said.

The product’s features include simplified programming and integration. According to Universal Robots, unpacking to task performance can take less than an hour. In addition, the small footprint of the robot minimises disruption to production.

As an alternative to lifting done by workers, the UR16e reduces productivity challenges that result from moving heavy parts and products, in turn lowering costs, and reducing downtime.

Universal Robots have highlighted the applicability of the UR16e in automating high-payload and CNC tending applications, while being suitable for multi-part handling.

“Today, we’re making it easier than ever for every manufacturer to capitalise on the power of automation by bringing a cobot to market that is built to do more as it delivers more payload than our other cobots. Australia is one of our most important markets in the region, and we believe there will be strong demand for the UR16e,” said Peter Hern, ANZ country manager for Universal Robots.

Universal Robots is focussing its work in the Asia-Pacific region on Australia, which is the firm’s largest and most significant market in the region. The high labour costs of Australia make the use of cobot particularly attractive.