Universal Robots joins Open IIoT

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Universal Robots pioneering work commercialising the world’s first Cobots (collaborative robots) has seen the company carve out a unique space for themselves in the world of advanced automation and robotics.  As a the most flexible and safe alternative to industrial robots in modern manufacturing, cobots can work alongside humans (without the need for guarding), autonomously or with direct collaboration from a human master.

These exciting, life-like inventions have modern manufacturing organisations enthused with how cobots can be deployed to deliver, better safety and ergonomics, enhanced productivity and reduced labour costs. 

According to James McKew, Regional Sales Director for Universal Robots in the Asia Pacific, manufacturers around the world are turning to automation to help fill important gaps on the factory floor. “Collaborative robots provide a cost-effective, flexible, and safe automation solution for a wide range of production applications and UR stand at the cutting edge of this revolution”.

As the world’s first Cobot manufacturer Universal Robots have more than 34,000 cobots installed successfully around the world.  This makes UR’s cobots the most widely deployed and reliable cobot in existence.

“We offer robots for 3kg to 10g payloads and these are commonly used to streamline and automate repetitive industrial processes that frankly speaking humans don’t want to do.  While some may argue that we are trying to replace ‘humans’ in the factory environment, this is not the case. We are in fact enabling production departments to focus on more critical and complex tasks that skilled labour should be deployed to” James explains.

As a company we are inherently aware of the need for factories of the future to be smart and the focus on Industry 4.0 cannot be ignored, that is why Universal Robots has just signed on to the Open IIoT panel. Joining forces with Balluff, Beckhoff Automation, SMC Corporation, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS and ZI-Argus, Universal Robots brings its own set of credible expertise and knowledge to this esteemed panel. 

“It’s an honour for us to join Open IIoT. This cements our commitment to Australia and allows us to harness our knowledge of the industry on a public platform” says James. 

Helping to solve those unanswered questions around Industry 4.0 and dispelling myths, the team at Universal Robots hope to further educate audiences on cobots and their endless benefits. “Over the years, we have worked hard to ensure that cobots are accessible to all – we offer free online training, an online application builder as well as on-site demos.  In addition, the rapid adoption of collaborative robotics has created an ecosystem of End of Arm Effectors and the company’s that developed them.  SMC Corporation is one of our global UR+ Partners and we are pleased to be joining them and the other Open IIoT foundation members”.

Excited for future prospects, James believes that Universal Robots is the ‘missing piece’ to the Open IIoT puzzle. “We look forward to what the future holds and have no doubt that this will be a fruitful partnership”.  

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