Universal Robots Blog Post Feedhttps://www.universal-robots.com/umbraco/surface/RSS/BlogPosts?parentId=70467&proxy=trueUniversal Robots Blog Post Feedhttps://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-to-simplify-cobot-deployment-a-deep-dive-into-the-world-of-urplus/How to Simplify Cobot Deployment: A Deep Dive Into the World of UR+Did you know that Universal Robots (UR) collaborates with more than 400 third-party companies to let you run your cobot application as easy as possible? We do that by providing you access to certified peripherals and application kits in our ecosystem called UR+. It is not only the cobot industry´s largest ecosystem, it helps you to automate quickly and easily.Mon, 10 May 2021 12:38:42 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/3-cobot-success-stories-in-electronics-manufacturing/3 Cobot Success Stories in Electronics ManufacturingThis week’s blog explores how UR cobots have emerged as a powerful resource for electronics manufacturers facing critical business pain points such as unexpected spikes in demand, skilled labor shortages, high mix/low volume production and lack of available floorspace in manufacturing facilities.Tue, 13 Apr 2021 15:46:22 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/what-have-manufacturers-learned-after-a-year-of-covid-19/What Have Manufacturers Learned After a Year of COVID-19?If nothing else, a year of COVID-19 has taught us to expect the unexpected. Of course, manufacturers have always been highly attuned to change, but the COVID-19 pandemic hit the manufacturing industry seemingly overnight, causing deep and long-lasting impacts. A year later, we can look back and see what manufacturers have learned about how to adapt and succeed in the face of adversity.Wed, 31 Mar 2021 14:45:55 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-to-succeed-when-the-pace-of-electronics-manufacturing-continues-to-accelerate/How to Succeed When the Pace of Electronics Manufacturing Continues to AccelerateIn sectors defined by constant change, manufacturers who can quickly adapt to new economic and technological realities can both avoid complacency in good times and ensure survival through difficult times. These days, those companies are often doing it with the help of collaborative automation.Tue, 23 Mar 2021 15:25:18 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/kim-povlsen-fresh-perspectives-from-the-new-president-of-universal-robots/Kim Povlsen: Fresh Perspectives From the New President of Universal RobotsMarch 1 2021 marked a new chapter in the history of Universal Robots as 38-year-old Kim Povlsen took the helm as President. We caught up with the ambitious and technologically-driven Dane for insights on his background as well as his visions for his new assignment. Plus a few words on his coffee-obsession.Wed, 03 Mar 2021 08:37:39 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/uptime-how-customer-service-evolves-with-the-cobot-market/Uptime: How Customer Service Evolves with the Cobot MarketIn this conversation with Chris Wilson and Hanne Dorte Hansen from Universal Robots?global service team, we look at how data-driven insights from the world’s largest install base of cobots help maximize production uptime.Tue, 23 Feb 2021 19:11:52 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-in-the-classroom-how-the-ur-academy-upskills-students-and-industry-professionals/Cobots in the Classroom: How the UR Academy Upskills Students and Industry Professionals“The quality of a Universal Robot is a given, it’s how you use the collaborative robot arm that determines whether you’re successful or not.?In this blog, we speak with Mikkel Vahl, Global Head of Training and Education at Universal Robots, about the critical role of the UR Academy in deploying cobots.Mon, 01 Feb 2021 08:28:59 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-cobots-address-key-challenges-in-automotive-production/How Cobots Address Key Challenges in Automotive ProductionThe automotive industry was one of the earliest adopters of traditional industrial robots and one of the earliest widespread adopters of cobots. Today, automation penetrates almost every aspect of auto production.Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:15:47 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/quality-standing-out-from-the-crowd/Quality ?Standing out from the CrowdIn the latest installment of the Quality Matters series, our Q&A with Martin Kjærbo, UR's VP of Operations and Supply Chain talks about UR’s quality vision, human-cobot collaboration on UR’s own production lines, and the importance of treating quality management as a process.Mon, 21 Dec 2020 08:59:19 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/dancing-through-the-pandemic-how-a-quantum-physicist-taught-a-cobot-to-dance/Dancing through the pandemic: How a quantum physicist taught a cobot to danceAt the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Merritt Moore didn’t realize that her only dance partner for the foreseeable future would be a cobot. This didn’t stop her from turning the world of dance on its head and creating beautiful and unique performances with her new robot partner.Thu, 10 Dec 2020 16:25:56 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/from-technology-pioneer-to-customer-advocate-a-discussion-with-ur-president-jurgen-von-hollen/From Technology Pioneer to Customer Advocate: A discussion with UR President Jürgen von HollenWith nearly 50,000 cobots sold worldwide, Universal Robots is a very different company today than the innovative upstart that pioneered a new approach to automation 15 years ago.Thu, 19 Nov 2020 17:05:35 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/hassle-free-remote-access-to-ur-cobots-in-a-time-of-covid-19/Hassle-Free Remote Access to UR Cobots in a Time of Covid-19For busy manufacturers, the implications of Covid-19 are huge: work from home directives, social distancing requirements, labor shortages and absenteeism are existential human resources challenges. Many manufacturers have turned to cobots to adapt their production or to maintain business continuity. But what if there is an issue with your cobot and you have no personnel on site?....Tue, 10 Nov 2020 13:14:42 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobot-applications/Cobot ApplicationsIndustrial robot applications have seen massive growth over the last decade, as a variety of industries have realized the potential of industrial robots and, more importantly, collaborative robot (or ‘cobots.?. The vast majority of cobot implementations are found in manufacturing and industrial environments, but cobots have the flexibility to be used in a wide variety of sectors from agriculture and medical to pharma.Tue, 10 Nov 2020 08:06:24 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/technology-and-automation/Technology and AutomationSince the introduction of robots on the GM line in the early 1960s, the world has seen a revolution in automated manufacturing. While the entire industrial robot sector has seen growth over that time, the most exciting and fastest growing segment belongs to collaborative robots (or ‘cobots?. Cobots are growing in popularity due to their flexibility, safety, small footprint, rapid ROI, low TCO and user-friendliness.Fri, 06 Nov 2020 16:49:22 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/6-examples-of-industrial-robots-in-the-automotive-industry/6 Examples of Industrial Robots in the Automotive IndustryThe automotive industry has been using industrial robots for more than half a century, since General Motors first adopted the UNIMATE in the early 1960s. Over the intervening period, the number of robots used in the automation sector has seen massive growth. The technology has improved too with more low cost, flexible, collaborative systems supplementing and replacing cumbersome and inflexible traditional robots.Wed, 04 Nov 2020 16:08:30 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/adaptation-business-continuity-cobots-assembly/Adaptation, Business Continuity & Cobots: AssemblyThis is the fourth in a series of blog posts exploring the many ways in which cobots support adaptation and business continuity in uncertain times. Each post focuses on a popular application for UR cobots and shows how cobots enable flexible, future-proofed automation deployments for companies of all sizes.Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:56:38 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/trends-driving-industrial-robotic-automation/Trends Driving Industrial Robotic AutomationMore factories and manufacturing facilities than ever before rely on robots to help assist and relieve human workers from tedious and dangerous tasks, ensure product quality and improve overall productivity. This article highlights some of the key trends driving the remarkable increase in adoption of cobots in industrial and manufacturing settings...Wed, 30 Sep 2020 19:15:14 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-vs-covid-19-part-iii/Cobots vs. COVID-19, Part IIIIn Part III of the Cobots v COVID-19 series, we find our collaborative robots (or 'cobots') performing mobile disinfection, swab testing and medical component manufacturing tasks. We also discover cobots tackling COVID-related labor uncertainty and meet some cobot soccer fans...Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:19:11 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/manufacturing-in-the-age-of-covid-19-part-4/Manufacturing in the Age of COVID-19 - Part 4It takes a lot for a customer to be so impressed and happy with a service that they start sending catered lunches to the company that helped them out. This was nevertheless the unexpected scenario DCL LogisticsTue, 15 Sep 2020 08:35:20 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/reimaging-robotics-in-a-connected-world/Reimaging robotics in a connected worldThe world is increasingly connected. Nearly 60% of the entire world population and more than 90% of the developed world is online. It’s hard to imagine life without the internet ?no smartphone, no online banking,Thu, 27 Aug 2020 15:44:00 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/adaptation-business-continuity-cobots-packaging-and-palletizing/Adaptation, Business Continuity & Cobots: Packaging and PalletizingThis is the third in a series of blog posts exploring the many ways in which cobots support adaptation and business continuity in uncertain times. Each post focuses on a popular application for cobots --from Quality Inspection to Welding-- and shows how cobots enable flexible automation deployments for companies of all sizes.Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:45:16 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/robot-gripper-showdown-air-gripper-vs-electric-gripper/Robot Gripper Showdown: Air Gripper vs. Electric GripperIn this article, we'll take a look at some of the UR certified electric and pneumatic grippers available through UR+ –a global ecosystem of components, software, and application kits that have been validated and certified to be mechanically, electrically and digitally compatible with cobots from Universal Robots.Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:25:23 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/industrial-gripper-showdown-pneumatic-gripper-vs-hydraulic-gripper/Industrial gripper showdown: pneumatic gripper vs. hydraulic gripperPneumatic and hydraulic grippers are amongst the most popular gripper types (along with servo-electric). If you're wondering whether pneumatic or hydraulic grippers are likely to be the best fit for your application, this article is for you as we compare and contrast the design, performance and usability of hydraulic and pneumatic grippers.Wed, 29 Jul 2020 14:45:51 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-vs-covid-19-part-ii/Cobots vs. COVID-19, Part IIIn the second of our ongoing series of blog posts showing how Universal Robots cobots are being used in the battle against COVID-19, we look at some exceptional face shield and mask production set ups, meet a unique cobot barista and admire a remote controlled mobile cobot performing key medical tests in China.Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:24:25 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/adaptation-business-continuity-cobots-machine-tending/ADAPTATION, BUSINESS CONTINUITY & COBOTS: MACHINE TENDINGMachine tending is one of those tasks that's ideally suited to collaborative robot-powered automation. Dull, often dirty and sometimes dangerous, it's no surprise that over recent years machine tending has emerged as one of the most popular applications for cobots. And with manufacturers facing unique challenges --from sudden...Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:44:16 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-vs-covid-19/COBOTS VS. COVID-19Cobots are emerging as a tremendous force for good in the global battle against COVID-19. In this, the first of an ongoing series highlighting some of the ways in which UR cobots have contributed to the global response to the pandemic, we take a look at disinfection and test kit solutions along with some less easily...Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:07:12 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/adaptation-business-continuity-cobots-quality-inspection/Adaptation, Business Continuity & Cobots: Quality InspectionThis is the second in a series of blog posts exploring the many ways in which cobots support adaptation and business continuity in uncertain times. Each post focuses on a popular application for UR collaborative robots from Quality Inspection to Welding. By Jim Lawton, Vice President, Product and Applications Management.Thu, 04 Jun 2020 21:06:53 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/adaptation-business-continuity-cobots/Adaptation, Business Continuity & CobotsThis is the first in a series of blog posts exploring the many ways in which cobots support adaptation and business continuity in uncertain times. Each post focuses on a popular application for UR collaborative robots from Quality Inspection to Welding. By Jim Lawton, Vice President, Product and Applications Management.Thu, 04 Jun 2020 20:32:03 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/manufacturing-in-the-age-of-covid-19-part-3/Manufacturing in the Age of COVID-19 - Part 3Endutec GmbH is a special machine manufacturer. The company from Chieming am Chiemsee in Germany is also a Certified System Integrator of Universal Robots. Managing Director, Andreas Flieher talked to us about how they are coping with the COVID crisis. "Our cobot operated around the clock to meet tight delivery schedules."Wed, 20 May 2020 11:15:48 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/types-of-grippers-used-in-manufacturing/Types of Grippers Used in ManufacturingIn the simplest terms, grippers are devices that enable robots to pick up and hold objects. When combined with a collaborative (or 'cobot') industrial robot arm, grippers enable manufacturers to automate key processes, such as inspection, assembly, pick & place and machine tending.Thu, 07 May 2020 13:28:40 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/manufacturing-in-the-age-of-covid-19-part-2/Manufacturing in the Age of COVID 19 - Part 2RCM Industries is a manufacturer of die casting parts with four production plants in the Chicago area. The company’s director of sales and marketing, Mike Higgins, spoke with us about how RCM is managing the COVID-19 crisis. "We actually did have a COVID-19 case in one of our plants that we immediately shut down for a week."Wed, 29 Apr 2020 11:27:54 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/manufacturing-in-the-age-of-covid-19-part-1/Manufacturing in the Age of COVID-19 - Part 1For our first post on this topic, we wanted to shed light on how Universal Robots as a manufacturer is handling the COVID-19 pandemic. In this Q&A, Martin Kjærbo, UR’s VP of Operations and Supply Chain discuss the company’s approach, new challenges, and how the COVID-19 crisis will shape Universal Robots going forward.Tue, 21 Apr 2020 11:27:29 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/what-is-industrial-automation/What is Industrial Automation?In this article we are going to explore five main advantages of collaborative robots: safety, flexibility, uniformity, productivity, and affordability. As you’ll see shortly, these are all key reasons why companies across the globe are relying more and more on automated manufacturing that leverages the power of cobots.Fri, 17 Apr 2020 08:07:03 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/determine-roi-for-your-palletizing-cobot-application/Determine ROI for your Palletizing Cobot ApplicationWhen considering a palletizing solution powered by UR cobots on your production line, calculating the return on investment is crucial to determine whether to make an investment or not. For those of you considering palletizing with cobots from UR, we’ve collected all the key information you need to make the calculation.Wed, 15 Apr 2020 13:58:34 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/robot-claw-from-manufacturing-to-marine-research/Robot claw: from manufacturing to marine researchRobot claws are one of the simplest types of gripper. They are popular among hobbyists, who are attracted to the simple design and functionality of these gripper types. UR robots support a variety of end-effectors, including claw-style grippers.Wed, 15 Apr 2020 13:32:21 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/costs-and-benefits-of-industrial-robot-arm-deployment/Costs and Benefits of Industrial Robot Arm DeploymentUnlike most human workers, robots are content to do the same job over and over, for days and years on end. Not only that, robots do the job the same way every time, helping manufacturers increase production output and improve product quality and consistency. Today, cobots are the fastest-growing segment in the robotics industry.Wed, 01 Apr 2020 08:20:35 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-to-choose-between-collaborative-and-traditional-industrial-robots/How to Choose Between Collaborative and Traditional Industrial RobotsAs you research automation options, it’s hard to ignore the cobot buzz. Since collaborative robots entered the scene a decade ago, they’ve made automation accessible and affordable for many organizations for whom traditional robotics were out of reach. Collaborative robots were designed to be lightweight and easy to use.Fri, 13 Mar 2020 09:03:21 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/industrial-parallel-robot-grippers-help-manufacturers-get-more-done/Industrial Parallel Robot Grippers Help Manufacturers Get More DoneUniversal Robots provides a wide range of UR certified grippers through UR+ –a global ecosystem of components, software, and application kits that have been validated and certified to be mechanically, electrically and digitally compatible with cobots from Universal Robots.Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:24:15 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/getting-started-with-cobots-what-to-look-for/Getting Started with Cobots: What to Look ForIt’s been 10 years since collaborative robots appeared on the manufacturing scene. First viewed as a lab experiment by global manufacturers that would buy one or two, send them off to their innovation centers for testing never to be seen on the production floor, cobots now are hard at work in many sectors all around the world.Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:16:29 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/the-time-is-now-three-reasons-you-need-collaborative-automation-today/The time is now: Three reasons you need collaborative automation ?todayThe benefits of collaborative automation are undisputed ?more profitability, productivity, flexibility, higher quality, and even more employee satisfaction. Given the current economic landscape, manufacturers need these advantages now more than ever. Cobots are a proven, valuable, and accessible solution for manufacturers.Wed, 15 Jan 2020 06:59:00 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/automated-manufacturing-and-the-machine-assisted-workforce/Automated Manufacturing and the Machine Assisted WorkforceThis article will help clarify the relationship between automation technology and the manufacturing industry. We’ll look at both controlled and uncontrolled environments where automation equipment is being leveraged to improve safety and productivity.Fri, 10 Jan 2020 08:03:17 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/simplify-robot-programming-with-g-code/Simplify Robot Programming with G-codeMany of our customers have expressed a strong interest in using our cobots to automate process applications, such as dispensing, gluing, deburring, polishing, sewing, etc. You spoke, and we listened. We first added the Remote TCP (tool center point) feature in Polyscope 5.4, which enables our robots to move at a constant speed.Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:40:43 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-the-new-option-for-injection-molders/Cobots: The New Option for Injection MoldersThirty years ago, full servo-controlled robots of any kinematic configuration were rarely deployed in injection molding applications. The most common approach was to deploy a simple three-axis, point-to-point Cartesian robot that was machine mounted. By Joe Campbell, senior manager of applications development, Universal Robots.Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:47:40 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/ur10e-cobot-powers-new-quality-assurance-solution-for-car-seats/UR10e Cobot Powers New Quality Assurance Solution for Car SeatsHigh quality translates as a decisive advantage over competitors in the global market. The lack of skilled employees is a major roadblock for many companies. Organizations are forced to manufacture under increasing pressure. In this environment, companies offering the best quality at the lowest price can count on success.Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:17:03 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/the-recession-cometh-and-robots-are-ready/The Recession Cometh and Robots are ReadyManufacturers are used to living between a rock and a hard place ?and navigating the space between. Demand vs. supply. Consumer appetites for customized product and their expectations for ever-lowering costs. The list goes on. So the current tug-of-war over if, when, and where a recession will hit is not unchartered territory.Tue, 08 Oct 2019 08:26:01 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/understanding-the-differences-between-robotics-and-automation/Understanding the differences between robotics and automationYou may have encountered the terms 'robotics' and 'automation' being used interchangeably, but there are some important differences between the terms and what they mean. In this article we'll look at those differences and explore some of the ways in which collaborative robots have transformed the worlds of traditional robotics and manufacturing.Fri, 04 Oct 2019 13:15:36 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/inventor-of-the-robot-arm-and-its-continued-development/Inventor of the Robot Arm and Its Continued DevelopmentWho invented the first robot in the world? The word “robot?was popularized by a Czech playwright in a hit 1920s play. The origin of the word robot came from an old Slavic word, rabota, that referred to forced labor or servitude. While the play was popular, it took more than 30 years for the first true robot invention in 1954.Tue, 01 Oct 2019 08:16:59 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/five-ways-cobots-enable-manufacturers-to-unlock-more-value/Five Ways Cobots Enable Manufacturers to Unlock More ValueNavigating today’s manufacturing landscape has never been more challenging. Organizations are experiencing significant labor shortages as baby boomers age into retirement and exit the workforce. In fact, Deloitte predicts that a skills gap may leave an estimated 2.4 million positions unfilled between 2018 and 2028 in the U.S...Thu, 19 Sep 2019 10:00:20 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-e-series-breaks-down-automation-barriers-one-urplus-handshake-at-a-time/How e-Series Breaks Down Automation Barriers ?One UR+ Handshake at a TimeIn our modern interconnected world, no technology lives in a vacuum. This holds true for the cars we drive, the phones that we use, and the robots that power our factories. By opening products up to the power of the masses, companies realize the potential in their products that they themselves never could have dreamed of.Wed, 11 Sep 2019 06:23:46 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/robot-grippers-explained/Robot Grippers ExplainedHuman hands are prone to error, especially when assigned to repetitive tasks. Robot grippers don't get tired even when assigned tasks 24/7.Fri, 06 Sep 2019 16:17:45 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-to-choose-the-best-robotic-gripper-for-your-work/How to Choose the Best Robotic Gripper for your work?Robotic gripper technology empowers robot arms to interact with objects, as well as the environment around them. Depending on the type of gripper you choose to deploy, you’ll enjoy the benefits of extreme precision and delicate handling of complex and/or fragile objects.Fri, 30 Aug 2019 08:37:39 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/move-the-part-not-the-tool/move the part not the toolIn many process applications such as gluing, deburring, sewing, etc. It is often easier to pick up the part with the robot and move it at a constant speed around a fixed tool such as a deburring tool, polishing wheel, etc. Picking up a sanding belt at the end of a robot and moving it around isn't very convenient after all.Thu, 29 Aug 2019 10:23:33 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/when-inspection-is-mission-critical-get-a-cobot/When Inspection is Mission-Critical, Get a CobotWhen operators look at thousands of parts a day, they sometimes become “snow-blind?to defects. But that never happens to robots.?Operations manager at Zippertubing in Arizona, USA, Tim Mead, describes in an interview with The New York Times how his UR5 cobot now tends the snap-set machines that add thermal wrap around hoses...Mon, 26 Aug 2019 10:53:39 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-the-automation-juggernaut-that-manufacturers-need/Cobots: The Automation Juggernaut that Manufacturers NeedFor collaborative robots (cobots), the news seems to be all good. Last week, a report crossed my desk touting CAGR growth of up to 50%. Reading this, it’s easy to understand how one might get swept up in the head-spinning optimism. Not me, though. Manufacturers know that more automation is key to breaking the deadlock between...Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:11:02 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/magnetic-grippers-for-manufacturers/Magnetic Grippers For ManufacturersThere are many possible applications for robots in the manufacturing process, with the most frequent uses being found in machine tending, assembly, quality inspection, packaging and palletizing applications. Robotic arms are capable of performing repetitive tasks accurately and without taking a break, outperforming human workers in terms of reliability and availability.Fri, 12 Jul 2019 08:41:58 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/the-benefits-of-an-ecosystem/The Benefits of an EcosystemAt Universal Robots (UR) we have launched UR+, the world’s first ecosystem of third-party end-effector solutions and other add-ons for our collaborative robot (cobot) arms, allowing us and our partners to focus on what each does best, encouraging collaboration and creativity that benefits customers. While other manufacturers...Wed, 03 Jul 2019 08:02:13 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-manufacturing-automation-can-reduce-workplace-injuries-and-improve-morale/How Manufacturing Automation Can Reduce Workplace Injuries and Improve MoraleOne of the primary challenges facing manufacturers today continues to be their inability to fill open positions, which strains overall productivity and growth. Recent reports and surveys have confirmed that finding skilled workers remains a top challenge for manufacBturing executives today. The situation does not appear ready...Thu, 13 Jun 2019 11:19:25 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/universal-robots-at-the-2019-automate-show-a-hands-on-experience/Universal Robots at the 2019 Automate show: A hands-on experienceThe North hall of the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA brimmed with thousands of attendees during the week of April 8-11, 2019. North America’s largest trade show in the automation industry; The Automate Show, welcomed exhibitors displaying jaw-dropping booth displays from musical instruments played by cobots to...Mon, 27 May 2019 10:50:06 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/five-examples-of-automated-industrial-systems-crafted-by-universal-robots/Five examples of automated industrial systems crafted by Universal RobotsUR cobots make growth possible for companies of all sizes in several industries, from electronics and automotive to pharma and general manufacturing. Our cobots are easy to operate, offer flexible deployment possibilities, and are quick to install. In this article, we’ll take a look at five examples of solutions powered by UR cobots.Wed, 22 May 2019 09:11:19 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/ai-and-robots-not-what-you-think/AI and Robots: Not what you thinkThere’s a lot of excitement about what artificial intelligence (AI) can do in manufacturing. Depending on what you read ?and choose to believe about what you read ?AI-driven robots are able to autonomously make decisions about what work gets done, how it gets done and who does it ?or there are decades of work yet to be done.Fri, 10 May 2019 10:55:24 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/universal-robots-at-hannover-messe/Universal robots at Hannover MesseAs one of the largest trade shows in the world, featuring 6,500 exhibitors and more than 215,000 visitors, Hannover Messe definitely stands for superlatives. Year after year, one of the highlights of the industry's leading trade fair with international relevance is German Chancellor Angela Merkel tour of the massive expo floor.Tue, 30 Apr 2019 06:26:38 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/is-automated-bin-picking-finally-real/Is automated bin picking finally real?With the lowest unemployment in nearly 50 years, the need for automated bin picking is urgent. In the US, 38% of the manufacturing labor force moves parts between bins and manufacturing machines. The automation industry is trying to meet that need: every automation trade show adds a few new companies that claim to have...Fri, 22 Mar 2019 07:01:39 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/counter-productive-robotics-artists-use-ur10-robot-to-accomplish-the-impossible/Counter-Productive Robotics: Artists Use UR10 robot to Accomplish the ImpossibleWhat happens when art and robots meet? That question is why Andrea Anner and her husband and business partner. Anner and Brevet started experimenting with industrial robotic systems three years ago after seeing UR at a conference. They found the robotic arms and industrial automation processes fascinating and decided to...Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:13:11 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-cobots-are-levelling-the-manufacturing-playing-field/How Cobots are Levelling the Manufacturing Playing FieldWorldwide conglomerates and huge corporations headquartered in major industrialized countries have an inherent edge in the global marketplace. Their ability to take advantage of economies of scale, their access to lucrative local and international markets, their ability to acquire the latest technology, and having the first...Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:07:18 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/universal-robots-representation-at-atx-west-2019/Universal Robots Representation at ATX West 2019AMG Anaheim Expo and Conference, one of the largest automation shows on the west coast of the United States took place last week February 5-7, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The expo and conference drew several hundred exhibitors from across the globe representing 5 different events: MD; M West, West Pack, ATX West...Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:35:46 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/welcome-to-the-age-of-the-cobots/Welcome to the Age of the CobotsIt’s a thrilling time to be working with robotics. Every day the headlines are filled with breakthroughs in robotics, and it seems like we humans are finally ready to jump on board. New data from NPR and Edison Research tells us that as of January 2018, one in six Americans now own a smart speaker, up 128% from just a year ago.Wed, 06 Feb 2019 09:53:30 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/rapid-roi-automation-for-food-manufacturing-no-engineer-required/Rapid-ROI Automation for Food Manufacturing ?No Engineer RequiredThink your facility is too small for automation? Today’s collaborative robots quickly, easily, and cost-effectively automate secondary food-handling processes such as quality control, labeling, packaging, and palletizing. They’re easy to program with no engineering experience, and they can pay for themselves in less than a year.Fri, 25 Jan 2019 08:47:56 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/roots-engineering-services-use-of-ur-cobots-leads-to-jobs-and-hugs/ROOTS Engineering Services?Use of UR Cobots Leads to Jobs ?and HugsAfter years of working in various engineering and robotics positions, Jeff Kondel decided he needed a change. So he moved his family from Indiana to Florida, unsure of where this new venture would take him. But he didn’t have to wait long. After networking with some fellow engineers one-night Kondel was asked to come to...Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:47:06 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/automated-testing-improves-precision-and-repeatability-for-medical-device-quality-control/Automated testing improves precision and repeatability for medical device quality controlAccuracy, repeatability, and safety are critical aspects in the manufacture of many devices, especially those that have stringent quality requirements such as the medical, or transportation systems. These are also key features that distinguish UR cobots and make them ideal for testing these products for quality assurance.Fri, 11 Jan 2019 07:35:35 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/10-years-later-our-first-customer-is-still-reaping-the-benefits-of-its-ur-cobot/10 Years Later, Our First Customer Is Still Reaping the Benefits of its UR CobotIn business since 1951, Linatex has seen a lot of manufacturing processes and technologies come and go. One decision has proven itself for 10 years. Linatex, a Danish manufacturer of specialized plastic and rubber components, became Universal Robots?first customer with the purchase of a UR5 collaborative robot in 2008.Fri, 21 Dec 2018 09:12:42 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-the-e-series-cobots-integrate-easily-into-modular-robot-cells/How the e-Series Cobots Integrate Easily into Modular Robot CellsLet’s face it, with the accessibility of robotic automation, and the unreliable and unpredictable workforce nowadays, it doesn’t make sense to automate your process. The robotics landscape has seen a significant change in recent years with the welcome arrival of collaborative robots (cobots), allowing for flexible possibilities.Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:01:42 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/the-new-world-of-automotive-manufacturing-cobots-optimize-quality-output-and-roi-for-oems-and-suppliers/The New World of Automotive Manufacturing: Cobots Optimize Quality, Output and ROI for OEMs and SuppliersWhether you’re a manufacturer, a Tier 1 supplier, or a vehicle OEM in a largely automated plant, collaborative robots—or cobots—can help you increase productivity, improve product quality, reduce costs and boost profit margins so you can compete more effectively. Cobots can also help with today’s labor issues making...Thu, 22 Nov 2018 13:08:42 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/automate-more-with-end-effectors-that-mimic-human-hand-dexterity/Automate More with End Effectors that Mimic Human-hand DexterityHave you ever considered the wonder that is the human hand? The bones, muscles, and sinew that make up our elegantly designed hands allow us to pick, place, and position objects of all shapes and sizes without even thinking about the action. In many ways, it is the uniqueness of the human hand that has sorely limited the...Thu, 15 Nov 2018 08:24:37 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/6-ways-easy-programming-and-maintenance-maximizes-the-benefits-of-a-collaborative-robot/6 Ways Easy Programming and Maintenance Maximizes the Benefits of a Collaborative RobotCollaborative robot deployments often have high visibility throughout all levels of an organization, whether it’s manufacturing, packaging, or research. What is also highly visible is the process for conquering the learning curve and the ease with which the robot is back online if (when) hiccups happen. Easy programming and...Thu, 25 Oct 2018 09:45:54 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/ur3-brings-myro-the-fun-loving-robot-to-life/UR3 Brings Myro, the Fun-Loving Robot, to LifeThe French interactive design agency Nokinomo has given birth to Myro, the fun-loving robot. A successful candidate of the Innov'Up Proto call for projects launched by the Ile de France County Council, Myro made a splash at its first major appearance in June 2017 at La Villette's Grande Halle in Paris. The unique anatomy of...Wed, 03 Oct 2018 06:18:37 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/iiot-capabilities-make-ur-robots-more-collaborative-even-remotely/IIoT Capabilities Make UR Robots More Collaborative—Even RemotelyBy now, the concept of collaborative robots that can easily, flexibly, and safely work side-by-side with human workers is well-understood among many manufacturers. But what about the cobots that are implemented in after-hours shifts to keep production humming even when employees aren’t working? When there are no humans nearby...Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:39:43 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/meet-the-new-assistants-in-medical-device-manufacturing-the-cobots/Meet the new assistants in Medical Device Manufacturing ?the CobotsCollaborative robots or “cobots?are a new class of robots that are bridging the gap between fully manual assembly and fully automated manufacturing lines. This has become a critical competitive advantage for small and mid-sized specialty medical device manufacturers and is helping to fill automation gaps for larger OEMs.Wed, 29 Aug 2018 06:58:44 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/5-cobot-myths-debunked/5 Cobot Myths DebunkedCollaborative robots, otherwise known as cobots, have wowed the robotics industry with their unique capabilities representing some of the most exciting advancements in robotic technology today. To help clear up the confusion, we put together this quick animated narrative, debunking the five most common myths about cobots.Thu, 02 Aug 2018 10:57:20 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/your-questions-answered-on-cobots-in-electronics-manufacturing/Your Questions Answered on Cobots in Electronics ManufacturingYour Questions Answered on Collaborative Robots in Electronics Manufacturing. For decades, the automotive industry was by far the leading user of robotics, but not anymore. In 2016, robot sales to the electronics industry jumped more than 40%, putting it on par with the automotive industry—and it still continues to grow.Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:39:25 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/robotiq-presents-hand-e-the-first-urplus-gripper-ready-for-the-e-series/Robotiq Presents Hand-E, the First UR+ Gripper Ready for the e-SeriesRobotiq completes its Adaptive Grippers offering with Hand-E; the first UR+ certified electric gripper ready for the e-Series, the new cobot line from Universal Robots. Hand-E’s high accuracy combined with a 50mm parallel stroke makes it perfect for precision assembly tasks. Its sealed design ensures reliability in the...Wed, 04 Jul 2018 10:14:48 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/e-series-launches-at-automatica-marks-a-decade-of-trailblazing-cobots-at-the-world-s-largest-automation-fair/e-Series launches at Automatica, marks a decade of trailblazing cobots at the world’s largest automation fairAs CTO and co-founder of Universal Robots, Esben Østergaard, pulled away the black fabric covering the new e-Series cobot at last week’s Automatica fair in Munich, it not only introduced the world to a new collaborative robot line that enables faster development for a wider variety of applications. It also marked the...Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:34:04 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/from-cobot-pioneer-to-the-nobel-prize-of-robotics-what-drives-ur-cto-esben-%C3%B8stergaard/From Cobot Pioneer to the “Nobel Prize?of Robotics: What Drives UR CTO Esben Østergaard?Receiving the Engelberger Robotics Award, the automation industry’s most prestigious honor is yet another recognition of the influence of Universal Robots CTO and co-founder, Esben Østergaard. But perhaps it’s not surprising. After all, he invented his first robot to solve a real-life industrial challenge at the age of four.Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:37:39 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-a-tool-changing-the-chinese-3c-industry/Cobots: A tool changing the Chinese ?C industry?/title><description>“Computers, Communications, and Consumer Electronics?make up what’s commonly referred to as the 3C industry in China. An industry where the application of collaborative robots now enjoys a promising future as flexible production lines are ripe for automation. Inspection up close ?there is a collaborative Robot for that.</description><pubDate>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 10:51:48 +0200</pubDate></item><item><link>https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/universal-robots-with-ati-s-ft-sensors-just-feels-right/</link><title>Universal Robots with ATI’s F/T Sensors Just Feels RightSix-Axis Force/Torque (F/T) sensors from ATI Industrial Automation deliver the highest accuracy, precision, and reliability in a compact and durable package. F/T sensors are comprised of a rugged transducer body that is mounted between the robot flange and end-of-arm tooling. ATI’s F/T sensor systems capture and convert...Wed, 16 May 2018 07:53:49 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/hannover-highlights-meet-the-most-innovative-human-robot-collaborators/Hannover Highlights: Meet the most innovative human-robot collaboratorsAs German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican President Peña Nieto visited booths at the Hannover Messe, they echoed the now predominant tone at the world’s largest industrial fair; when asked to greet a robot - instead of a formal handshake - both went for the casual fist bump, a symbol for the interaction of humans.Fri, 04 May 2018 10:11:29 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-well-is-your-cobot-really-performing-if-you-don-t-measure-it-you-can-t-know-for-sure/How Well Is Your Cobot REALLY Performing? If You Don’t Measure It, You Can’t Know for SureYour new collaborative robot is humming along, increasing production output, improving quality, helping employees avoid injury and add more value, and in general, is paying for itself day by day. All is right with the world. How do you know for sure? Even if you’re thrilled with your cobot’s performance, could it be even better?Mon, 30 Apr 2018 09:41:05 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/hannover-messe-2018-hello-robot-nice-to-meet-you/Hannover Messe 2018: Hello Robot, nice to meet youIt is not all about the future: It’s all about reality. Discussions about whether industry 4.0 is a vision for the future have ebbed away. Everyone agrees that it has long since become a reality ?At least in theory. Lots of small and medium-sized enterprises are yet to implement automation. At UR we believe that companies...Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:56:56 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/universal-robots-and-righthand-robotics-deliver-a-piece-picking-world-record/Universal Robots and RightHand Robotics deliver a piece-picking world recordMODEX 2018, the largest supply chain event in the Americas, was the scene of a remarkable demo as RightHand Robotics, a leader in robotic piece-picking solutions, drove a team of automation partners to set a world record: Over the duration of the show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, 131,072 items were...Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:04:58 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/hey-you-robot-what-s-your-name/Hey You, Robot ?What’s Your Name?When a new employee is hired, his or her coworkers?first question is typical, “What’s your name??After all, they’ll be working closely together, often side-by-side, sharing tasks and collaborating to meet company goals. In fact, naming the new cobot colleague is recommended by Matt Bush, COO of robotics rental Hirebotics.Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:28:49 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/the-factory-of-2035/The factory of 2035It’s a safe bet that the Factory of 2035 will look vastly different than the factory of today, but probably not the way one would expect. Ever since the first Industrial Revolution when mechanization, water, and steam power started to automate work previously carried out manually, more work has been taken on by machines.Sun, 25 Mar 2018 10:35:48 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/removing-production-bottlenecks-through-automation/Removing Production Bottlenecks through AutomationIn the search for a way to efficiently drill holes through the pieces of foam used for the upholstery to create the tufted look, Fibreline determined automation was the key to achieving their production goals. Universal Robots and OCTOPUZ work together to automate Fibreline’s manufacturing process while providing flexibility.Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:37:23 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/reasons-for-collaborative-robots-in-non-traditional-industries/Reasons for Collaborative Robots in Non-Traditional IndustriesCollaborative Robots have been disruptive technology is not only in the manufacturing industry, but they have also opened the door for automation in other industries as well. Industries that have never been interested in robotics, are suddenly finding that with collaborative technology they too can reap the benefits that...Fri, 09 Mar 2018 12:11:11 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/safety-and-compliance-considerations-in-the-age-of-industry-50/Safety and compliance considerations in the age of Industry 5.0According to IDC, there is a growing preference to invest in manufacturing automation compared to investment in innovation processes as it offers more tangible benefits and a clear return-on-investment (ROI). Particularly in countries where wages are increasing, companies will be looking for fast productivity gains that...Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:32:44 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/the-18-day-install-from-first-call-to-finished-work-cell/The 18 day install: From first call to finished work cellThere are many factors to keep in mind when hiring an employee: skill level, experience, background, availability, and more. The perfect candidate is hard to find, and with unemployment, at such low levels, the odds are against manufacturers trying to keep up with growing demand. A key solution to this is utilizing automation,Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:06:10 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/achieving-the-competitive-advantage-with-the-sense-of-touch/Achieving the competitive advantage with the sense of touchThe world is not accurate. Humans can handle this. Traditionally, robots require absolute accuracy. In many cases, force/torque sensors can counter this automation challenge; When you mount a sophisticated sensor to a collaborative robot arm, you add a sense of touch. You mimic the human skin and its ability to perceive...Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:39:35 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/universal-robots-and-sick-head-towards-the-smart-factory-of-the-future/Universal Robots and SICK head towards the Smart Factory of the futureOutstanding robot specialist Universal Robots and leading sensor solutions provider SICK have joined forces in order to create two innovative applications for collaborative robots. The applications in question combine both companies?virtues and allow for people and robots to work within the same workspace where the robot...Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:42:11 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/robotic-inspection-aids-nasa-efforts-to-develop-safer-more-cost-effective-aircraft-manufacturing-processes/Robotic Inspection Aids NASA Efforts to Develop Safer, More Cost-Effective Aircraft Manufacturing ProcessesEvery manufacturer wants to create a quality product to keep customers satisfied and safe, but sometimes product quality is truly a life-and-death consideration. That’s the case with aircraft fuselage, where complete, accurate quality inspections are critical to assuring that the aircraft is safe before it takes to the skies.Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:59:04 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/when-you-can-t-afford-downtime-even-in-the-toughest-conditions/When You Can’t Afford Downtime, Even in the Toughest ConditionsOnce companies automate processes with robotics, they don’t look back. They quickly learn to depend on the consistent, reliable output, day after day, and year after year. But that means dependability is more important than ever. Companies simply can’t afford the downtime that will impact productivity and profitability.Wed, 20 Dec 2017 06:40:28 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/robots-and-lasers-make-their-mark/Robots and Lasers Make their MarkRobots and lasers have a long history together. Now, cost-effective, easy-to-use cobots and new lower-cost lasers are a perfect match for a wide range of engraving and marking applications. “Nowadays, everything requires a number,?explains Victor Amorim, Western Territory Manager for Gravotech, a global provider of marking...Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:27:20 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-to-get-robots-to-talk-to-each-other/How to get robots to talk to each otherWith the rising popularity of vision systems and other robot-aiding instruments, it is now common to see robots take on more and more intricate tasks. This creates situations where robots are handing off parts to each other and in doing this, they need to communicate robot to robot to maintain efficiency and fast production.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:13:40 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-a-helping-hand-to-the-healthcare-industry/Cobots ?A Helping Hand to the Healthcare IndustryIn the past couple of decades, industrial processing systems have turned to automation driven by the need for high accuracy, precision, and performance. Technological advancements in today’s day and age have successfully applied automated machines in a wide range of industries dealing with well-defined processes and products.Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:34:10 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-augmented-reality-and-cobots-drive-the-next-wave-of-automation/How Augmented Reality and Cobots Drive the Next Wave of AutomationAugmented reality (AR) technology, usually incorporated into special headsets, eyewear, or projections, superimposes data or graphics over real-world images and uses sensors and cameras to capture the operator’s motions for feedback and control. Until now, AR’s primary application has been in gaming. But as technology has...Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:11:54 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/lightweight-cobots-take-on-heavy-duty-jobs-even-welding/Lightweight Cobots Take on Heavy-duty Jobs—Even WeldingSure, cobots are lightweight: the largest UR10 robot is under 29 kg/64 lbs, so they’re easy to pick up and move from one process to another. But they’re no lightweights when it comes to heavy-duty processes like welding. In fact, there’s already a range of cobot welding systems to choose from. Surprised? Don’t be. It’s just...Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:45:49 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/calculating-roi-and-payback-period-for-your-robotic-investment/Calculating ROI and Payback Period for your Robotic InvestmentIf you’re looking to automate with robots, it’s important to build a solid business case if you want to know the true value of robot automation. Many businesses calculate ROI by using the payback period, which is taking the cost of the robot and then dividing it by the monthly salary of the worker. It’s important to note if...Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:29:25 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/industry-50-the-factory-of-the-future/Industry 5.0: The Factory of the FutureThis phenomenon referred to as “Industry 5.0?or collaborative industries reflect a growing view amongst manufacturers of the need to respond to increasing demand amongst customers for a higher degree of individualization. In fact, 85 percent of manufacturers consider the “connected workforce?- that is robots and humans...Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:59:19 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/collaborative-robots-ushering-in-industry-50/Collaborative robots ushering in Industry 5.0From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0. There’s long been a global movement to create smart, automated production setups and make things communicate digitally ?all jingoistically summed up as “Industry 4.0? But at Universal Robots, we reckon a new robotics development is even more interesting: We call this “Industry 5.0?..Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:45:05 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/know-your-machine-industrial-robots-vs-cobots/Know Your Machine: Industrial Robots vs. CobotsIn the manufacturing industry, we find that outfits looking to make a robotic purchase often have some misconceptions about the technology they want to implement. For example, robotics used by large auto manufacturers is very different from the robotic tending machines used in other factories, and aside from appearance...Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:11:39 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-as-an-essential-part-of-reshoring/Cobots as an essential part of reshoringThe long-standing industrial practice of outsourcing manufacturing operations to low-cost parts of the world in order to keep manufacturing costs down has recently taken a dramatic turn. With rapidly rising labor costs in traditionally low-cost countries such as China, manufacturers are now experiencing that the financial...Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:03:29 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-in-lights-out-manufacturing-collaboration-works-even-when-humans-aren-t/Cobots in Lights-Out Manufacturing? Collaboration Works Even When Humans Aren’t.The idea of using collaborative robots for lights-out manufacturing can seem like a contradiction in terms. After all, cobots differ from traditional robots by being able to work side-by-side with human workers, and lights-out manufacturing is a human-free automation approach. But the collaborative aspect of cobots is more...Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:03:06 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/robots-and-nature-combine-for-a-compelling-creative-concept/Robots and Nature Combine for a Compelling Creative ConceptRobots as powerful productivity tools is a well-accepted concept. Less-understood, perhaps, is the role robots can play in highly creative applications that inspire us to think differently about technology and its potential. When robots are used outside of technical or industrial environments, however, the requirements are...Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:12:13 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/the-ironies-of-industry-40/The Ironies of Industry 4.0Conceived at Siemens and formalized by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the notion of “Industry 4.0?continues to gain currency around the world. At its core, Industry 4.0 refers to factories that have digitized their physical technologies so plants...Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:36:40 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/e-commerce-growth-drives-collaborative-innovation-in-automated-bin-picking-and-packaging/E-Commerce Growth Drives Collaborative Innovation in Automated Bin-Picking and PackagingOnline sales show no sign of slowing and the growth is driving demand for fulfillment operations to pack and ship all those ordered goods. The work is repetitive, however, and requires high accuracy to reduce costly errors or returns. That means that jobs in picking and packaging items for shipping aren’t particularly desirable.Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:34:50 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/robots-cobots-and-human-labor/Robots, Cobots and Human laborRobots have long been romanticized in art and popular culture. From HALL 9000 and the Terminator series where they are seen as a menace to humanity, from Star Wars or WALL-E where they are benevolent and even heroic, robots can be portrayed both positively and negatively. Today, robots populate real factories, warehouses...Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:18:07 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/7-ways-cobot-colleagues-solve-staffing-woes/7 Ways “Cobot Colleagues?Solve Staffing WoesThe skills gap continues to plague manufacturers around the world. In fact, the 2016 edition of the Hays Global Skills Index says that the skills gap is fast becoming a skills chasm. Many manufacturers are struggling to fill factory jobs, which can be especially difficult in regions of low unemployment or in industries...Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:23:04 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/automating-with-robots-how-to-get-started/Automating with robots ?how to get startedLook at your manufacturing facilities and identify the different processes you would like to automate. Start with the simplest and most cost-efficient project where minimal changes need to be made to the production line. Look for manual processes that are repetitive, and don’t require on the spot decisions, critical thinking...Tue, 01 Aug 2017 11:36:05 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/closer-to-the-market-universal-robots-in-germany/Closer to the market: Universal Robots in GermanyGermany is traditionally known as one of the world’s largest industry locations. Besides that, it’s also one of the most automated ones: With Germany ranks fourth worldwide after South Korea, Singapore, and Japan in terms of robot density, exceeding average more than six-fold. One reason for this impressive ranking is the...Fri, 07 Jul 2017 10:27:17 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-from-universal-robots-solve-complex-task-for-bayer-winning-grants4tech-robotics-challenge/Cobots from Universal Robots solve complex task for Bayer, winning Grants4Tech robotics challengePharmaceutical multinational Bayer was looking for solutions to automate a highly complex process currently performed entirely by hand: quality control of powder samples taken from sealed bags inside specific containers, an operation carried out hundreds of times a day in Bayer plants. The German company launched a worldwide...Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:14:15 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/pioneering-universal-robotsplus-ecosystem-earns-praise-from-industry-experts-and-developers/Pioneering Universal Robots+ Ecosystem Earns Praise from Industry Experts and DevelopersUniversal Robots+ is a unique online platform that is making UR robots even easier to implement, with exciting new opportunities for developers and more powerful capabilities for end-users and distributors. UR+ consists of two critical elements: online Showroom and Support & Marketing Platform. Aggressive growth of the UR+...Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:44:10 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/france-should-look-to-robotics/France should look to roboticsAn initiative dedicated to speed up the adoption of industrial robots in France is Innorobo, an exhibition that took place at the Docks of Paris, May 16-18. During these three days, industry professionals and people with an interest in robotics were able to meet and exchange knowledge around the latest innovations and products.Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:23:12 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-provide-plenty-of-artistic-license-for-creative-applications-no-genius-required/Cobots Provide Plenty of Artistic License for Creative Applications: No “Genius?RequiredThis year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas featured a UR10 cobot in a show-stopping demo that highlights the robot’s creative capabilities. The demo was developed by innovation studio Deeplocal to help launch National Geographics?new "Genius?TV series based on the life of Albert Einstein. People were invited to tweet...Thu, 25 May 2017 10:19:37 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/robots-in-research/Robots in researchTaking human-robot-collaboration to a new level. Too dirty, too dusty, too dull? Too hot or too cold? Not for cobots! They can work tirelessly in almost any work environment from production halls and canteen kitchens to clean rooms, freeing up their human colleagues from monotonous, ergonomically disadvantageous tasks.Mon, 15 May 2017 10:22:01 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/meeting-the-cobots/Meeting the CobotsHanover Trade Fair 2017 saw UR’s new booth concept resonate with attendees as Universal Robots (Germany) GmbH presented turnkey solutions in collaboration with its sales and integration partners FAUDE, IIS Automation, Müller Maschinentechnik and Lorenscheit. On-site applications provided insights into the wide potential...Mon, 08 May 2017 10:34:22 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/universal-robots-in-melbourne-at-national-manufacturing-week/Universal Robots in Melbourne at National Manufacturing Week“For Australian manufacturers increasing efficiencies to remain competitive is a high priority and this is something we’ve spoken to many businesses about since launching in Australia more than three years ago.?Universal Robots General Manager for South East Asia and Oceania, Shermine Gotfredsen believes that there are...Mon, 01 May 2017 10:33:05 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/universal-robots-come-for-the-safety-stay-for-the-ease-of-use/Universal Robots: Come for the Safety, Stay for the Ease of UseRecently, I had someone ask why Universal Robots and Rethink Robotics have made such an impact on the automation market. For those that have direct experience with the challenges of implementing industrial automation, the response would most certainly be the prospect of being able to use a robot without external safety measures.Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:59:19 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/our-new-booth-experience-step-into-the-urplus-universe-of-applications/Our new booth experience: Step into the UR+ universe of applications“And these are all optimized for UR robots and available in your online showroom??One of the questions both press and attendees asked as they entered our new 2,400 square feet booth at Automate 2017 in Chicago last week and encountered a vast array of UR+ products in new applications. From new force/torque sensors to...Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:55:23 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/when-robotics-meets-the-cloud-customers-win/When Robotics Meets the Cloud, Customers WinImagine a collaborative robot that knows where it is and what needs to be done. A collaborative robot capable of inspecting whether a part in your manufacturing process is complete and capable of jumping automatically to another task if it is not. A cobot that even reacts independently if an error occurs on one of your machines.Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:58:24 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/launching-at-automate-2017-is-the-new-dual-gripper/Launching at Automate 2017 is the new Dual GripperToday’s manufacturers are continually looking for ways to produce high-quality products more efficiently and affordably so they can keep up with their competitors locally and globally. Canadian based company, Robotiq works with manufacturers helping them to automate their businesses and to overcome workforce challenges.Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:09:53 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/raising-robot-literacy-how-cobots-are-being-used-in-education/Raising robot literacy: How cobots are being used in educationCobots are shaping the education industry by giving students the opportunity to learn about robotics first hand. Within interactive learning environments, students are introduced to automation and industrial applications, mastering robot programming in minutes. To further lower the automation barrier, Universal Robots...Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:33:37 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/from-lego-robots-to-cobots/From Lego-Robots to CobotsHow Esben H. Østergaard became a game-changer in the world of robotics. Roboholic, a title one might associate with Tony Stark at first glance; in the “Iron Man?movies, he runs a business with worldwide success and spends his lifetime developing new innovative technology involving humans and robots collaborating in perfect...Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:28:23 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-in-the-automotive-industry-automotive-manufacturing/Cobots in the automotive industry - automotive manufacturingThe history of robotics has always been closely tied to the automotive industry. In fact, in 1962 General Motors was the first-ever company to deploy industrial robots. And from the 1970s onwards, the whole automotive industry was characterized by the comprehensive use of large robot systems in their production lines...Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:25:15 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/the-rise-of-the-robots-creates-many-new-jobs-even-for-the-unemployed/The rise of the robots creates many new jobs, even for the unemployedTechnological progress creates constant changes in the labor market; some jobs disappear, while quite different ones occur. The robot industry spurs many new job opportunities - even for job seekers who have perhaps become redundant in other industries. A new Robot Academy in Denmark helps the robot industry find and retrain...Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:21:22 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-cobots-are-changing-quality-assurance-in-manufacturing/How cobots are changing quality assurance in manufacturingIf a product made it through your quality assurance processes with a defect and landed in the hands of your customer, how would you feel? If this happened to hundreds or thousands of products over time what would this cost your business? Time, product returns, stress, loss of customers, and possibly reduced profitability.Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:34 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/solving-complex-problems-with-innovative-concepts-and-robotic-solutions/Solving complex problems with innovative concepts and robotic solutionsThe best automation solutions are smart, simple, innovative, and fully leverage technology to create significant business efficiencies and provide great benefits to employees and customers. Today, UR cobots are being used to solve business problems with creative concepts and innovative solutions that can be integrated into...Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:55:44 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/finding-common-ground-in-a-world-of-numerous-environments-compliance-for-robotic-companies/Finding common ground in a world of numerous environments ?Compliance for Robotic CompaniesCompared to traditional industrial sectors, robotics is a relatively young field with only about 40 years of deployment history in workplace environments. Technology within this field however is advancing incredibly fast and thus, compliance needs to be adaptable to keep pace with these rapid changes. Another challenge is how...Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:12:33 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/universal-robots-on-worldwide-business-with-kathy-ireland-lowering-the-automation-barrier-for-small-and-mid-sized-companies/Universal Robots on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland: Lowering the Automation Barrier for Small and Mid-sized CompaniesRobots aren’t just for big manufacturers anymore. And they’re not just for companies with deep technical staff or deep pockets. Today’s cobots are attracting interest from all sizes of companies, all over the world—many with no automation experience at all. The business drivers for cobots are compelling as highlighted in...Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:47:44 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/industry-40-is-here-industrial-automation/Industry 4.0 is here - Industrial automationWhat if we could always get in touch with our UR robots, anywhere, anytime - from any device? That was the question Airgate, a Danish developer of customized IoT solutions, often encountered when talking to distributors and end-users of UR robots. Airgate had developed a GSM modem solution, ARCS basic, that provides...Thu, 15 Dec 2016 07:59:00 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/i-don-t-see-any-limits-interview-with-president-jurgen-von-hollen/I don’t see any limits - interview with President Jürgen von HollenIn October 2016, Jürgen von Hollen joined Universal Robots as a new President. After almost two months full of work, the time has come to draw an initial summary. We asked Jürgen to share some insights with us on his personal impressions, his vision, and the Universal Robots strategy. When did you first hear about UR?...Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:27:45 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/demystifying-cobot-safety-the-four-types-of-collaborative-operation/Demystifying cobot safety: The four types of collaborative operationCollaborative robots have become the buzzword in industrial automation. At Universal Robots, we define ‘collaborative?by ease-of-use, ease of integration, and affordability, and safe. In this blog, we focus on how the safety aspect is defined by the current safety standard. In February, Universal Robots welcomed the new...Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:41:05 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/chief-robotics-officer-a-leader-in-innovation/Chief Robotics Officer - a leader in innovationTechnology has always been a crucial driver of change in human history; the invention of the wheel, the steam engine, or the internet. Robotics and automation technologies will definitely be seen as a game-changer, even if the extent of change brought about is still to come. While robots have been used in industrial processes...Fri, 04 Nov 2016 09:39:32 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/delivering-new-collaborative-robot-opportunities-with-sick/Delivering new collaborative robot opportunities with SICKSICK is one of the world’s leading sensor manufacturers providing sensors and application solutions that create the perfect basis for controlling processes securely, safely, and efficiently. SICK’s commitment to intelligence, independence, innovation, leadership, people, and safety aligns with Universal Robots?goals and vision.Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:32:19 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/heavy-metal-and-lightweight-robots/Heavy Metal and Lightweight RobotsFrom November 16-18, Las Vegas will be all about metalworking and fabricating. Well, maybe Las Vegas will still also be about gambling. But there is more than just slot machines in town: To discover innovative automation solutions in the metalworking industry, you will find no better place during this period than FABTECH 2016.Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:27:35 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/what-really-makes-a-robot-universal/What really makes a robot universalFinding the right name for your new company can be a hard job; there are innumerable possibilities. When we decided to go with Universal Robots, we had two reasons: First, it was inspired by a timeless classic of Science Fiction from 1920 - the Czech stage play “Rossum’s Universal Robots?by Karel Capek. This play originated...Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:33:26 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/human-meet-cobot-the-user-experience-in-action/Human, Meet Cobot: The User Experience in ActionCollaborative robots (cobots) are being adopted at unprecedented rates, due in large part to their user-friendly design. This positive user experience is no fluke. It comes as a result of in-depth research and design and ongoing testing to explore how the robots are actually being used and how they can be continuously improved.Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:32:33 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/ur-robot-employed-in-rio-olympics-tv-coverage/UR robot employed in Rio Olympics TV coverageFrench television viewers of the Rio Olympics were treated to robot enhanced camera work with Universal Robots?partner Augmented Robotics, AR+. The company, located in Laval, France, joined a UR10 robot arm with its proprietary software for an operator-free camera solution where the camera can be mounted to either a gantry...Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:06:08 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/denmark-can-advance-with-robots-if-we-know-how-to-use-them/Denmark can advance with robots ?if we know how to use themThe Danish industrial world can move a great deal of production to Denmark from abroad, and do it profitably, by utilizing robots. It requires that the Danish workforce is trained to recognize and use the full capabilities of modern automation technology. Too few employees have the skills and experience to accelerate this...Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:30:28 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/a-collaborating-industry/A collaborating industryJust a little more than one month has passed since we launched the +YOU Developer Program. For us, lively exchange with the developer community is essential; the collaborative robot arm is not a complete solution without developers providing custom-fit products, whether it be the end effectors, software, or accessories.Fri, 05 Aug 2016 10:45:51 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/hire-a-ur-robot-pay-for-it-by-the-hour/Hire a UR robot ?pay for it by the hourWhat if you could pay for automation the same as you do for a temporary employee? What if you only had to pay for the actual hours worked and with no upfront costs? In our hyper-competitive world, every manufacturer would like to increase production and quality while improving efficiency. Automation can do all of these things.Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:00:25 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/collaborative-robots-go-from-factory-to-farm-to-refrigerator/Collaborative Robots Go from Factory to Farm to RefrigeratorFarming is no stranger to automation, but many agriculture-related jobs demand a soft touch to handle delicate fresh foods or require robots to work closely alongside humans and animals. Cobots are making dramatic inroads for those applications, giving agriculture and dairy operations the advantages of optimized production.Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:26:44 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/a-perfect-relationship-universal-robots-plusyou/A perfect relationship ?Universal Robots +YOUThe big news is out: Universal Robots+ has been launched successfully at the German trade show AUTOMATICA. Universal Robots+ is a new environment creating Win-Win-Win situations benefitting all parties involved. This new ecosystem includes a showroom for developers to display their robotic components: vision systems...Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:31:00 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/working-with-cobots-opinions-from-the-workforce/Working with Cobots? Opinions from the workforce!We hear the benefits automation brings to business but what about the employees who work hand-in-hand with these new technologies? Education, flexibility, safety, and improved work culture are just a few examples shared by members of the global workforce who work together with collaborative robots (cobots) on a daily basis.Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:50:02 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/automatica-2016-cobotimize-your-production/Automatica 2016 ?Cobotimize your productionIn less than two weeks, the leading trade show for automation and mechatronics will open its gates in Munich, Germany, on June 21, 2016. Of course, every trade show is special, but this year’s AUTOMATICA is of particular relevance for us since we will bring in a new era of cobots: What does Universal Robots have in stock?Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:53:56 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/afraid-to-commit-no-problem-with-flexible-redeployable-cobots/Afraid to Commit? No Problem, with Flexible, Redeployable Cobots.For some companies, making a commitment to robotics can be a little scary. Dedicated industrial robots are big, expensive, difficult to program, and require safety fencing and dedicated floor space that your operation may not be able to support. But new cobots are lightweight, space-saving, and easy to redeploy and reprogram.Fri, 03 Jun 2016 08:35:35 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/time-is-the-best-medicine/Time is the best medicineThe medical industry needs to meet the highest quality and performance. These necessities are accompanied and aggravated by new and continuously changing requirements due to norms and legislation. The tools embedded in the process, therefore, need to be flexible and simple to operate, so that they may be handled by everybody.Fri, 27 May 2016 09:41:09 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/the-success-of-the-danish-robotics-cluster/The success of the Danish robotics clusterIn Denmark, a successful cluster of robot companies has emerged, with Universal Robots as the flagship. This cluster is rooted in visionary decisions made by private sector business representatives in conjunction with university scientists 30 years ago. Since then, the cluster has developed in close collaboration between...Fri, 20 May 2016 09:23:23 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/industry-50-return-of-the-human-touch/Industry 5.0 ?Return of the human touchWhile there is a movement globally to create smart factories and make things communicate digitally, a new trend is appearing on the horizon aiming to bring back the human touch in production. The trend is dubbed “Industry 5.0?or collaborative industries. This redeployment of human creativity is necessary due to the market...Fri, 13 May 2016 10:10:18 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/universal-robots-changed-the-way-we-sell-robots/Universal Robots Changed the Way We Sell RobotsI have had the pleasure of seeing how far things have come in the world of motion control and robotics over the past 20 years. Working for a company that provides Motion, Pneumatic, and Robotic solutions, I have also seen an evolution in how these technologies get presented to our customers. Since we became a UR distributor...Fri, 06 May 2016 10:24:30 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/robots-are-a-perfect-match-for-injection-molding-for-so-many-reasons-what-s-yours/Robots are a perfect match for injection molding for so many reasons—what’s yours?It is no surprise anymore that robotic automation offers advantages for a wide range of applications, including injection molding. But what might be surprising is the incredible variety of reasons why injection molding manufacturers turn to robotics—and the additional benefits they achieve. Is your motivation in this list?Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:40:25 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/universal-robots-on-the-move/Universal Robots on the moveThe "Collaborative robot" (cobot) market is booming with more and more businesses looking to improve productivity, efficiency, and drive business growth. With collaborative robots, you can automate most tasks but when you add some wheels and pair a Universal Robots cobot with a mobile robot, the possibilities are endless.Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:16:03 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/denmark-s-new-robot-talent-team-competes-at-first-robotics-competition-in-las-vegas/Denmark’s new robot talent team competes at FIRST Robotics Competition in Las VegasTeam Universal Robots was the absolute rookie team participating in intense, qualifying rounds in Nevada. The new UR sponsored team, consisting of 12 handpicked high school students from all over Denmark, met tough opposition, formed alliances with other teams, and ultimately placed better than more experienced participants.Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:30:40 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/robots-create-jobs/Robots create jobsWe recently wrote about the fascinating impact robotics is having on manufacturers?reshoring initiatives, but there is more to the employment and robotics story. In fact, automation is proving to have a substantial impact on manufacturing employment around the world, and studies continue to bear out these conclusions.Fri, 08 Apr 2016 10:25:07 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/collaborative-robots-increase-cnc-productivity/Collaborative robots increase CNC productivityCNC applications are some of the most commonly automated. These repetitive tasks are ideal for robots, which can work at a higher speed than human workers and offer exact, consistent movement for higher manufacturing quality. And new safety advancements make cobots, such as those from Universal Robots, even more compelling.Fri, 01 Apr 2016 10:56:41 +0200https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/cobots-are-making-a-difference/Cobots are making a differenceBut the manufacturing however is not the only sector benefitting from robot automation, there are so many opportunities to reduce costs, improve business performance, optimize production, increase quality and drive revenue in other ?and often surprising applications. Due to their flexible nature and ability to work with...Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:29:52 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/legen-dairy-packing-skills/Legen-dairy packing skillsWho cannot relate to this? You are driving to work, listening to the radio to brighten up the dull commute. But listening quickly becomes boring if the radio keeps playing the same five hit songs over and over again. Similarly, packing goods in production can be a very dull task and while some people can make the best out of...Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:22:01 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/robots-play-a-hand-in-reshoring-initiatives/Robots play a hand in reshoring initiativesThe trend to outsource manufacturing operations to emerging markets for cost savings has taken a dramatic turn. With rapidly rising labor costs in countries such as China, manufacturers are seeing erosion in the cost advantages of manufacturing overseas. When combined with the complex logistics and added shipping times of...Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:43:28 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/man-vs-machine/Man vs MachineOn the way to Industry 4.0 many people wonder: “Will machines substitute human workers??Since its beginning, the fourth industrial revolution has been discussed alongside with this question. However, it looks at the winds of our times from the wrong perspective. It is not about “man VS machine? but “man WITH machine?Thu, 03 Mar 2016 10:13:38 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/putting-automation-back-into-your-hands/Putting automation back into your handsOne of the most important elements of growing a business and remaining competitive is productivity. If a business is inefficient then a loss in production can occur which can result in a lower quality of work, discrepancies in output, unhappy employees, and a loss in profitability. Today, small and medium businesses (SMEs)...Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:59:45 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/collaborative-robots-iso-technical-specification/Collaborative robots ISO Technical SpecificationFrom the beginning, Universal Robots designed collaborative robots to work safely side-by-side with human workers.Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:45:42 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-cobots-transform-the-food-industry/How cobots transform the food industryAutomation is transforming the food industry with robot applications as diverse as the range of food in our supermarkets. From the first robot-run lettuce farm in the world producing 30,000 heads of lettuce a day to novel fruit-picking robotic systems capable of distinguishing between apples and oranges, productivity...Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:29:49 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/5-robotic-essentials-for-sme-manufacturers/5 Robotic Essentials for SME manufacturersFor small to mid-sized manufacturers, any gain in productivity can have a huge impact. Automation offers significant advantages, but many small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe that robotics is out of their reach. These organizations can’t afford large, complex robots that don’t fit within their limited floor space...Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:42:08 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/put-the-soul-back-in-work-and-products/Put the soul back in work and productsIn the industry today, we maintain a barrier between human and machine work. But the industrial value creation of tomorrow is to be found in the fusion, between humans and robots. Will robots make us all unemployed? No, because we do not have, nor will we ever have, machines and technology that can take over all jobs.Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:39:07 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/why-do-humans-develop-robots/Why do humans develop robots?The “dirty, dull, and dangerous?describe the tasks we want our ever more sophisticated robots to perform. Letting the robots do this doesn’t mean that we lazily lean back. It means we’re awarded a new drive and a new reality; the robot is man's tool for a better and less mechanical life. The story of people working with...Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:47:11 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/collaborative-robots-will-help-drive-explosive-growth-in-2016/Collaborative robots will help drive explosive growth in 2016As we enter 2016, Universal Robots is in the middle of the most exciting era in the history of robotics and the automation industry. We continue to see explosive growth, with 2015 establishing a new record in Robot sales worldwide, topping 2014 by 15%. This year, we expect an even steeper curve. Specifically, the market for...Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:03:00 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/how-to-get-all-the-advantages-of-a-6-axis-robot-for-the-price-of-a-3-axis/How to Get All the Advantages of a 6-Axis Robot for the Price of a 3-AxisFor small and mid-sized manufacturers who are exploring robotics, the decision on 3-axis or 6-axis movement typically comes down to processing requirements and price. For simple pick-and-place requirements such as inserting and removing parts from a mold, a 3-axis robot may be all you need. But a robot is a long-term...Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:06:22 +0100https://www.universal-robots.com/blog/meet-the-cobots-that-are-running-strong-year-after-year-after-year/Meet the “Cobots?That Are Running Strong Year After Year…After YearThere are many reasons to implement a collaborative robot or “cobot?from Universal Robots. Manufacturers love their flexibility and ease-of-use, and that they provide the fastest payback in the industry at only 195 days. But cobots from Universal Robots continue to bring significant value for years to come—long after that...Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:20:41 +0100 wtgcҪ·