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Universal Robots introduces two new tech platforms

Released at: 16:35, 25/06/2018

Universal Robots introduces two new tech platforms

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G3 range for proven applications and new e-Series for advanced solutions to be available in Vietnam by August.

by Hong Nhung

Universal Robots, the pioneer in collaborative robots (cobots), is setting a new standard for collaborative automation platforms in Vietnam with the introduction of its new flagship e-Series cobots. The firm plans to begin shipping units to customers from the beginning of August.

The new range follows Universal Robot’s co-founder, Mr. Esben Østergaard, being awarded the 2018 Engleberger Award, the “Nobel Prize” of robotics.

Growing importance of automation in Vietnam

Demand for automation and robotics continues to grow in Vietnam, particularly in the automotive, electronics, textile, footwear and food processing industries.

Electronics is the largest export sector in the country, contributing $71 billion in 2017, and is a high adopter of cobots. The Vietnamese Government has unveiled the 2011-2020 Strategy for Science and Technology Development to enhance economic competitiveness and speed up industrialization, prioritizing the importance of industrial robots and hi-tech automation.

“Cobot demand is growing in Vietnam as automation is increasingly becoming a necessity for businesses to achieve greater production efficiencies amid rising operational costs, labor shortages, and increasing competition,” said Ms. Shermine Gotfredsen, General Manager, Southeast Asia and Oceania, at Universal Robots. “With the e-Series and G3 product lines, we now offer customers two distinct technology platforms, catering to a wider range of business needs.”

New cobot generation

The new e-Series cobot platform includes technological advances that enable 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.

Like other Universal Robots offerings, the new e-Series offers unparalleled convenience. It takes just one hour to unpack the cobot, mount it and program the first task. A wrist-join-tool communication interface reduces production line integration time and complexity. Meanwhile, from a service standpoint, all joints can be replaced in two to six minutes.

A re-designed intuitive and responsive-touch user interface expedites program development by simplifying programming to a few clicks on a new lightweight, wide-screen Teach Pendant.

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

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

With the e-Series launch, Universal Robots now provides two different technology platforms. For customers interested in cobot capacity expansion for proven applications, the G3 is an ideal choice. The e-Series benefits businesses with advanced applications and diverse or uncertain future needs.

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