Universal Robots launches high-payload collaborative robot

Universal Robots has unveiled its UR16e collaborative robot (cobot), which boasts a payload capacity of 16 kg. The UR16e combines the high payload with a reach of 900 mm and pose repeatability of ±0.05 mm, making it suitable for automating tasks such as heavy-duty material handling, heavy-part handling and machine tending.

"In today’s uncertain economic climate, manufacturers need to look at flexible solutions to stay competitive,” says Jürgen von Hollen, president of Universal Robots. “With the UR16e, we meet the need for a cobot that can tackle heavy-duty tasks reliably and efficiently. This launch expands the versatility of our product portfolio and gives manufacturers even more ways to improve performance, overcome labour challenges and grow their business.”

Developed on UR’s e-Series platform, the UR16e can be unpacked, mounted and programmed to perform a task within less than an hour.

“At Universal Robots we continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible with collaborative automation,” continues von Hollen. “Today, we’re making it easier than ever for every manufacturer to capitalise on the power of automation by bringing a cobot to market that is built to do more.”

As with the company’s other e-Series cobots – UR3e, UR5e and UR10e – the UR16e includes built-in force sensing, 17 configurable safety functions, including customisable stopping time and stopping distance, and an intuitive programming flow. The UR16e meets the most demanding compliance regulations and safety standards for unobstructed human-robot collaboration, including EN ISO 13849-1, PLd, Category 3 and full EN ISO 10218-1.

The UR16e will make its UK debut appearance at the Robotics and Automation Exhibition, which takes place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 29-30 October.