Universal Robots will showcase a variety of automation technologies at Automate 2022

Universal Robots will showcase a variety of collaborative robot technologies at Automate 2022 in Detroit, including robots capable of assembling and packing boxes. // Courtesy of UR

Universal Robots (UR), an automation company with US headquarters in Ann Arbor, will display a variety of its collaborative robots (cobots) in more than 30 booths at the Automate 2022 trade show and conference, a showcase of automation taking place at Detroit’s Huntington Place June 6-9.

“Welding is the latest example of a frontier of automation now being conquered by cobots,” says Joe Campbell, senior director of strategic marketing and application development for UR, of the company’s 300% growth. on the year-over-year segment.

“When we entered the market, few people thought cobots could handle heavy duty tasks like welding. Fast forward to this year’s Automate and we showcased many welding applications, reflecting the strong market pull we are seeing now – not only for MIG welding management, but also for more complex processes such as TIG and laser welding.

At Automate booth 1432, Cobot Systems, a UR Certified Systems Integrator (CSI), is launching the first commercially available IPG LightWELD laser welder to be guided and controlled by a cobot.

“Laser welding allows for significantly faster welding, is easier to learn and use, and provides higher quality, consistent results over a wider range of materials and thicknesses with minimal distortion, warping, undercut or burn-in,” says Brian Knopp, Founder of Cobot Systems.

Another new welding solution comes from UR CSI Melton Machine and Control Co., showcasing an upgraded version of the market’s first cobot-powered cold-wire TIG welder that allows the cobot to add both melt material and filler to thinner material as it moves.

For the first time at a North American show, UR will showcase a press brake maintenance application on its booth. Mid-Atlantic Machinery’s press brake operator package features a UR10e on a modular parts cart with a machine tool interface and area safety scanner that keeps the shop safe.

Fabricators looking for everything they need to successfully automate a CNC mill can see VersaBuilt’s UR+ Certified Mill Automation System (MAS) with a MultiGrip automation work holding system that allows machinists easily add new parts.

“If your CNC parts can be held with a vise, they can almost certainly be automated with a factory automation system,” says Al Youngwerth, CEO of VersaBuilt. He also pointed out that the MAS is a standard automation system that does not require any expertise or robot programming to operate.

UR’s miscellaneous application stand includes areas not only for welding and machine maintenance, but also for assembly and packaging application areas. In the assembly area, companies needing to automate high-torque processes will receive a hands-on demonstration of how UR+ partner Estic’s fastening solution can handle these tasks using patented pulse technology, which reduces the torque reaction and the wear of the cobot joints considerably. .

For assembly of parts requiring adhesive, Robatech will offer the 360° Gluing, a UR+ integration kit that connects a UR+ cobot to Robatech’s adhesive application systems. The integration kit includes a support for the application head and accessories for the heating pipe on the arm of the cobot. Settings for the heated hose, application head and melter can also be made using the cobot’s touchpad.

UR CSI Kolinahr’s label applicator robot features a UR10e in a delicate application, applying a label inside a roll core. This demonstrates the dexterity of 6-axis UR cobots, which can reach places that are difficult for their human colleagues.

To ensure that the quality of manufacturing processes never falters, UR+ partner 3D Infotech will showcase automated robotic inspection solutions. 3D Infotech will showcase its smart cobot-powered UMA station that can perform complete 3D inspection tasks with a single click; Spotlight AR++, augmented reality software for manufacturing environments; and PartID, a machine vision tool that allows non-technical operators and engineers to quickly validate an object’s position and shape.

Since UR launched UR+, the world’s first cobot ecosystem of third-party components and application kits, the platform has grown exponentially. It now includes no less than 318 UR+ partners with 359 UR+ products certified for perfect compatibility with UR cobots.

One of the UR+ partners, SCHUNK, will demonstrate two EGP-C collaborative grippers on a UR5 in a machine monitoring application. After loading and unloading parts into the lathe, the UR5 will move the parts through SCHUNK’s new material removal tool with a deburring brush, demonstrating better robot utilization by performing deburring tasks between loading and unloading.

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