Universal Robots cobots are versatile, lightweight collaborative robotic arms designed to work safely alongside humans. Users program it through an intuitive touch-screen interface and by positioning the robot with their hands.
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The UR cobots are named for their payload in kilograms: The UR3e, UR5e, UR10e, and UR16e can lift 3, 5, 10, and 16 kg, respectively.
The idea behind Universal Robots' user-friendly, inexpensive robot arms started to take shape in 2003 at the University of Southern Denmark, where Esben Østergaard was working on a Ph.D. degree. His dissertation was about how the robotics market consisted mostly of heavy, expensive, and unwieldy robots. He cofounded Universal Robots in October 2005 with financial help from investment firm Syddansk Teknologisk Innovation. The goal was to make robot technology available to companies of all sizes, especially small and medium-size manufacturers that considered automation too costly and complex. Universal Robots tested its first prototype arm in 2007 and shipped its first robot arm in 2008. In early 2015, Universal introduced the UR3, its smallest robot, which joined the UR5 and the flagship UR10, offering a payload capability of 3, 5, and 10 kg, respectively. In 2019, the company unveiled the UR16e, its strongest robotic arm, with a payload capability of 16 kilograms. Today, the company sells its products in more than 40 countries worldwide.