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RA Rodriguez highlights flexible, inexpensive robots

RA Rodriguez Universal RobotsManufacturers can often see the value of robot-assisted production but are concerned about the cost; not only of the robot itself but also its programming.  A Universal Robot (UR) from RA Rodriguez is proving a good choice for anyone in this dilemma. It is affordable, adaptable and very easy to program so it can be applied to a whole range of machine tending tasks.

A UR robot is also designed to be collaborative, so shop floor staff can work alongside it in complete safety, without the need for guarding on many applications. It improves speed and process quality while reducing the risk of injury associated with working in close proximity to heavy machinery. And with UR’s fast, flexible deployment, production lines can be quickly adapted to new products.

This six-axis robot can tend machines and relieve employees from the tedium of repetitive work, freeing their time to be used to add value to the business. If it comes into contact with a person, patented technology limits the forces at contact (in accordance with TS15066). It can also be programmed to operate in reduced mode when a human enters the robot’s work area and resume full speed when the person leaves.

  • The UR robot can run most machine tending applications automatically. This space-saving robot can also be reprogrammed quickly and used with different machines. It is the perfect choice for small-volume production or changing workflows and operational set-ups. Robot extensions can be customised to the manufacturing requirements.
  • With a UR the manufacturer can replace human operators in dirty and dangerous jobs to reduce repetitive strain and accidental injuries. Most of the UR robots worldwide operate with no safety guarding (after risk assessment), right beside human operators.
  • Expanding production capabilities with increased quality, consistency and production speed is easy with a UR. The deployment of the robotic arm in new processes is simple, giving manufacturers the flexibility to automate almost any manual task, including those with small batches or fast change-overs. The robot is able to re-use programs for recurrent tasks.
  • Lowered operation costs are another benefit. Universal Robots give manufacturers all the advantages of advanced robotic automation, with none of the traditional added costs associated with robot programming, set-up, and dedicated, shielded work cells. The average payback period of 195 days is the fastest in the robot industry.

To see how manufacturers are benefiting from investment in a Universal Robot, the company has published a new of case study at www.universal-robots.com/case-stories/fries-maschinenbau, Fries Machinenbau explains how its UR has increased production and allowed workers to devote more time to quality control.

In another case study, US manufacturer Etalex demonstrates how its UR has automated a high-risk task to improve workplace safety at www.universal-robots.com/case-stories/etalex. And visit www.universal-robots.com/case-stories/stantraek to discover how the URs at the Danish short-run production company, Stantræk, have enabled it to expand production and nearly double revenue without significant increases in payroll.

Visit the RA Rodriguez website for more information about Universal Robots

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