As a Universal Robot Preferred Distributor, RARUK Automation provides customers with not only a high level of technical support but also priority access to Universal Robot resources such as applications expertise. At Advanced Engineering 2017, visitors will be able to take advantage of this know-how and learn how Universal Robots are a suitable basis for cost-effective production solutions that enable humans and robots to work collaboratively.

RARUK Automation will be exhibiting on Stand CM28 at the show.

There are now three flexible and lightweight six-axis robot arms in the Universal Robot range from RARUK Automation (pictured). Each can be used for a wide range of applications and are categorised according to their payload limits. The models also have reach, weight and footprint differences.

The smallest and most recent addition is the tabletop UR3. It is compact and virtually noiseless with a footprint of just 118mm. It weighs 11kg but has a payload of 3kg and, in common with other Universal Robots, it has ±360 degree rotation on all wrist joints and infinite rotation on the end joint.

Complementing these cobots is Universal Robots+, an online showroom available via RARUK Automation that ‘houses’ cutting-edge products to customise the Universal Robot for specific applications. From end-effectors and accessories to vision cameras and software, it is a one-stop shop for products that are tested and approved. The result is fast, smooth, low-risk integration.

One of the most recent additions to this range of accessories is YouRing, a smart programmable collar that gives visual and audible information on robot status.  Wireless connectivity and the URCaps plug-in that is supplied with the YouRing makes this neat and clever device easy to install; URCaps is the accessory platform that enables full integration into Polyscope, the UR GUI for robot programming and operation. YouRing can then be freely programmed to meet the needs of the application and operator.

Visitors to Advanced Engineering will also have the opportunity to see the MiR200 robot. This mobile robot will interest manufacturers actively looking at the most cost-effective ways of automating their production. Read more about it here.

Advanced Engineering 2017 takes place on 1-2 November at the NEC, Birmingham.