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Universal Robots Launches Next-Generation E-Series Cobot Technology

June 21, 2018      

Universal Robots is continuing to evolve its ground-breaking, collaborative automation technology with the introduction of its new flagship e-Series cobots today at Automatica 2018 in Munich, Germany.

This new collaborative robot platform includes technology advances that enables faster development for a wider variety of applications.

Improvements include the ability to economically address even more applications, thanks to greater precision and sensitivity provided by a built-in, tool-centric force/torque sensor.

Universal Robots e-Series collaborative robot arms

Like other Universal Robots offerings, the new e-Series offers unparalleled convenience. Now, a re-designed control panel and new programming and control software make deployment and programming easier than ever – regardless of application.

17 safety functions, including customizable stopping time and distance, make collaborative automation easier. Certified by TÜV Nord, all these functions are in compliance with the EN ISO 13849-1 and EN ISO 10218-1 (Cat. 3 PLd) machinery safety standards for unobstructed human-robot collaboration.

E-Series end-user benefits

Looking at the big picture, e-Series users can expect a fast return on investment, a cobot system ready for any future application, and long-term productivity gains.

“Our e-Series platform is leveraging our years of experience as the market leader within collaborative robots,” said Jürgen von Hollen, president of Universal Robots. “The ‘e’ in e-Series stands for Evolution and it also underpins our key vision and overall product philosophy, specifically Empowering people and making it Easy for Everyone.”

“End-users with complex applications and diverse or uncertain future needs will benefit from the e-Series platform and our unique Universal Robots+ ecosystem knowing that their investment will be able to grow with them as their needs change,” he continued. “We enable innovative customers to rapidly drive adoption of automation technology into their businesses to maximise their competitive advantage.”

“The global cobot market is expected to continue to be one of the key growth drivers in the automation market the coming years,” von Hollen said. “With the e-Series, my expectation is that we at Universal Robots will continue to leverage our position as the cobot market leader. This, however, can only be done by staying ahead technologically, hence the launch of e-Series.”

The Universal Robots president emphasized the importance of Universal Robots+ and the online training program Universal Robots Academy which will both support the e-Series platform.

Universal Robots will start taking orders for the e-Series immediately, and it plans to begin shipping units to customers on Aug. 1, 2018.

You can visit Universal Robots at Automatica in Hall B4, Booth 303.