New Heavy-Duty Cobot Expands Automation Solutions for Job Shops

Universal Robots (UR) announces the immediate availability of the UR16e cobot which boasts an impressive 16 kg (35 lbs) payload capability.

UR16e's strength and advanced features are being showcased live for the first time at this week's China International Industry Fair in Shanghai.



The new UR16e combines the high payload with a reach of 900 mm and pose repeatability of +/- 0.05 mm making it ideal for automating tasks such as heavy-duty material handling, heavy-part handling, palletizing, and machine tending. With UR16e, Universal Robots is introducing the highest payload and best pose repeatability in this reach class.

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

In 2019, BWIndustrie's new automation challenge was deburring heavy parts made of metal, a task previously handled by manual labor. The new UR16e's ability to handle payload up to 16kgs made it an ideal tool for the job.





Developed on UR's innovative e-Series platform, the UR16e offers immense benefits, capabilities and value for manufacturers.

Fast and Frictionless Deployment with Easy Programming and a Small Footprint

UR16e makes accelerating automation easy and fast. Programming and integration is simple -- regardless of the user's experience or knowledge base. Like all of UR's cobots, UR16e can be unpacked, mounted and programmed to perform a task within less than an hour. With a small footprint and 900 mm reach, UR16e easily integrates into any production environment without disruption.

Addresses Ergonomic Challenges While Lowering Cost

With its 16 kg payload, UR16e eliminates the ergonomic and productivity challenges associated with lifting and moving heavy parts and products, lowering costs, and reducing downtime.

Ideal for Heavy-Duty Material Handling and Machine Tending

Rugged and reliable, UR16e is ideal for automating high-payload and CNC machine tending applications, including multi-part handling, without compromising on precision.

The UR16e's ease of programming and flexibility allowed BWIndustrie to build and deploy a deburring cell in record time.



"At Universal Robots we continue to push the boundaries of what's possible with collaborative automation," continued von Hollen. "Today, we're making it easier than ever for every manufacturer to capitalize on the power of automation by bringing a cobot to market that is built to do more, as it delivers more payload than our other cobots."

Like with UR's other e-Series cobots -- UR3e, UR5e and UR10e -- the UR16e includes built-in force sensing, 17 configurable safety functions, including customizable stopping time and stopping distance, and an intuitive programming flow. 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.

Built To Do More

UR has changed the paradigm of automation in manufacturing. While its portfolio of cobots has been empowering manufacturers to compete, win and grow for a decade, the UR16e is built to do even more. Unlike traditional automation solutions that are costly, complex and dangerous, UR gives manufacturers of any size what they need to accelerate automation with cobots that are easy-to-deploy, with intuitive programming and zero disruption to production lines or workflows.

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