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Universal Robots launches third generation products

Universal Robots launches third generation products Universal Robots has announced its third generation UR5 and UR10 lightweight robots, incorporating true absolute encoders, eight new adjustable safety rated functions, twice the number of built-in I/O and the improved possibilities for connecting equipment to control boxes. And all this comes with the same ease of use and fast return on investment for which Universal Robots is renowned. Further, while Universal Robots has always offered safe human/robot collaboration, now the safety system in the new generation is certified by TUV.

The visual appearance of the six-jointed arm remains unchanged, with the UR5 and UR10 offering payloads of 5kg and 10kg respectively. But Universal Robots says this unchanged appearance hides new features and some other hidden surprises inside the robot arm itself, as well as in the controller, drawn from the company's experience with lightweight robot arms in a wide variety of industries. CEO Enrico Krog Iversen comments: "Our R&D department worked hard in order to integrate input and feedback from end users in our product development."

A central innovation of the new generation of UR robots is the True Absolute Encoder. This technical improvement enables a faster startup of the robot arms. The absolute position is recognized right after the switching on, eliminating the need for jogging during initialization of the robot arm. For this reason UR5 and UR10 are now suited for an automatic startup, with no battery needed for this function.

"With the integration of the True Absolute Encoder, our robot arms can be integrated even more easily into other machinery, while start-up also becomes much faster and simpler for all applications," explains Esben H Østergaard, Universal Robots CTO.
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