Universal Robots launches UR30
By DE StaffAutomation Machine Building
30kg payload model's capabilities expand potential for cobot applications.
At the iREX show in Japan, Universal Robots announced it is accepting pre-orders for its latest 30kg payload cobot, the UR30. With nearly identical specs to last year’s UR20, the UR30 bumps up the payload limit but maintains the same footprint (Ø 245mm).
Compared to its predecessor, the UR30 has a shorter reach of 1300mm (51.2 in), the same as the UR10, due to a shorter “forearm” than the UR20. It does sport superior motion control, the company says, allowing it to work at higher speeds with heavier loads.
As a result, the UR30 is suited to expand on common cobot applications, UR says. For machine tending, for example, the higher payload means the UR30 can use multiple grippers simultaneously – removing finished parts and loading raw material in a single pass. Similarly, it supports higher torque screwdriving tools and the palletizing of heavier products, the company says.
“The higher payload and greater flexibility underpin a new era in automation,” said UR president, Kim Povlsen, says. “As industries evolve, the UR30 not only meets but anticipates shifting demands, enabling businesses to adapt and respond to changing needs effectively.”