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Universal Robots to demonstrate the latest in collaborative automation

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@AuManufacturing has partnered with International Exhibition & Conference Group for this month’s Modern Manufacturing Expo in Sydney. Here we hear from exhibitor Universal Robots.

Universal Robots will be showcasing its latest thinking in collaborative automation at the first edition of the Modern Manufacturing Expo in Sydney this month.

The company has cemented a name for itself as a partner to the local industry and is actively working on building a larger presence in Australia, said Masayuki (Masa) Mase, Country Manager for Universal Robots Oceania.

He said: “We are excited to be part of Modern Manufacturing Expo history

“We have invested in on-the-ground sales and technical support and are able to service customers across the region.”

It’s no secret that the demand for collaborative automation continues to soar, with Universal Robots latest recorded annual earnings indicative of rapid growth.

“Despite the economic challenges faced globally, automation came out on top in manufacturer thinking.

“We have reported growth of 30 percent across the first two quarters of 2022 – compared to the first half of 2021.”

Supply chains issues, reshoring of manufacturing, labour shortages and lights-out manufacturing are catalysts for growth in the sector, he said.

“Companies need to compete at both a local and an international level.

“Gone are the days where regions were reliant on head office to produce and ship goods.”

What’s on Display from Universal Robots

Masa said: “We recently launched the UR20 – a next-generation collaborative robot (cobot) with a reach of 1750mm and a 20kg payload.

“The higher payload and better reach makes this the ideal solution for more heavy-duty palletising duties.

“Depending on the joint type, customers can also enjoy a 65 percent increase in speed and a 25 percent increase in joint torque capability.”

In addition, Universal Robots will further acquaint visitors with some of the company’s most in demand options.

“The UR10e has been upgraded to accommodate a payload of 12.5kg.

“It’s one of our most versatile and popular cobots and its well suited to the likes of machine tending and palletising which are very popular applications in the local market.”

Finally, Masa said that Universal Robots will present a novel welding application demonstration at the Sydney Expo.

“Globally, automation for welding applications remains one of the key requirements of our customers.

“A cobot adds flexibility, efficiency, and freedom to welding processes.

“In addition, when the task is completed, it can be easily redeployed to other areas where it can add further value.”

Masa said: “Businesses both big and small are embracing the benefits of automation.

“It’s no longer a nice-to-have, it’s now a necessity to help business remain competitive.

“Meeting this imperative perfectly sums up the aim of this show.”

The Modern Manufacturing Expo takes place from 20-21 September, 2022 at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush. It is designed for key decision-makers and management looking to explore the latest automation and digital offerings for future growth and features a showcase of technology advancements to innovative operational practices for manufacturers. Free Expo Registration here. Smart Manufacturing Conference Registration here. Sustainable Manufacturing Summit Registration here. Enquiries: Margo Metcalf IEC Group, [email protected] or 03 95969205.

Picture: Universal Robots

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