Novi’s Universal Robots Debuts More Efficient UR20 Cobot at FABTECH

Universal Robots, the Denmark-based company with its North American headquarters in Novi, is unveiling the UR20 cobot at this week’s FABTECH trade show in Chicago.
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Universal Robots in Novi will be debuting its latest UR20 system at FABTECH in Chicago this week. // Photo courtesy of Universal Robots

Universal Robots, the Denmark-based company with its North American headquarters in Novi, is unveiling the UR20 cobot at this week’s FABTECH trade show in Chicago.

The new cobot brings 18 inches of additional reach radius (36-inch diameter increase), which is designed to broaden the range of weldments that will be achievable in each fixture setup. UR will be demonstrating its UR20 system by having it integrated with the systems of other companies.

“We redefined the cobot, completely re-engineering it from the ground up,” says Will Healy, global segment manager for welding at Universal Robots. “Coordinated motion enables fabricators to weld larger or more complex parts without having to manually reposition the work piece or welding robot.”

Vectis Automation will showcase its UR20 Cobot Welder in the UR FABTECH booth. It will be integrated onto a rigid 48-inch by 48-inch XL Cart with a heavy-duty water-cooled package.

The UR20 also will be showcased in cobot welding systems in booths by partners Hirebotics and Melton Machine & Control Co., in addition to a press brake tending application by Cincinnati Inc.

“Vectis Automation is ecstatic to offer the long-reach UR20 arm onto our integrated cobot welding and cutting tools,” says Josh Pawley, co-founder of Universal Robots’ partner Vectis Automation. “This cobot will have a huge impact on the market, improving on UR’s already robust and high-performance cobot products.”

This means UR cobots are engineered to weld more parts per run for increased efficiency and are capable of welding bigger and more complex parts. The new coordinated motion feature will be showcased at UR’s own FABTECH booth in addition to the partner booths of THG Automation and Vention.