Packaging environments are notoriously tightly constrained, and in large part, still manual operations. Universal Robots (UR) is the market leader of collaborative robots – or “cobots” – that work safely alongside workers with no need for safety guarding in most scenarios. At PACK EXPO booth E-7941 in Chicago, October 14-17, the robotics manufacturer is showcasing the first
“This collaborative design not only enables the operator to safely and intuitively interface with our machine, ROBOX also realizes approximately 60% reduction in terms of the footprint required for a similar machine using more conventional robotic technology requiring fencing,” says William Reilly, technical sales engineer with XPAK, adding that the company developed ROBOX as it recognized the undeniable market trends towards collaborative robotics, now the fastest growing segment of industrial automation.
The XPAK ROBOX is equipped with a UR10e cobot arm that picks a flat box from one of two magazines, squares the case, folds and seals the bottom flaps with 2-inch tape. Additional magazine and custom box conveyance options allow the XPAK ROBOX to integrate seamlessly into any packaging environment.
The UR10e is the largest cobot in Universal Robots new flagship line of cobots, the e-Series, showcased for the first time at a PACK EXPO. The e-Series sets a new standard for cobots, adding built-in force/torque sensing, unrivaled safety features, and improved precision for faster integration in a wider range of future-proofed applications.
“The e-Series strengthens the core principles defining collaborative robots: fast set-up, easy programming, flexible deployment, safe operation, and a quick ROI,” says Stuart Shepherd, Regional Sales Director of Universal Robots’ Americas region. “End-users with complex applications and diverse or uncertain future needs will benefit from the e-Series platform and our unique UR+ ecosystem knowing that their investment will be able to grow with them as their needs change,” explains Shepherd, referencing the rapidly expanding portfolio of certified UR+ plug & play end-effectors, software and peripherals certified for UR cobots now available.