Collaborative Robots Offer Game Changing Benefits

Collaborative Robots Offer Game Changing Benefits

Cobots from Universal Robots give companies access to all the benefits of advanced robotic automation, with none of the extra costs associated with traditional robot programming, set-up, and dedicated, shielded work cells. This makes robotic automation affordable for SMEs, small-batch production runs, and other setups where it would otherwise be too expensive. 

Easy Programming

Patented technology lets operators with no programming experience quickly set up and operate our cobots with intuitive, 3D visualization. Simply move the robot arm to desired waypoints or touch the arrow keys on the easy-to-use touchscreen tablet.

Quick Setup

Universal Robots has revolutionized cobot set-up, reducing typical robotic deployment measured in weeks to a matter of hours. The average set-up time reported by our customers is only half a day. The out-of-box experience for an untrained operator to unpack the cobot, mount it, and program the first simple task is typically less than an hour.

Flexible Deployment

Don’t be limited by dedicated robotics. Universal Robots are lightweight, space-saving, and easy to re-deploy to multiple applications without changing your production layout. Moving the cobot to new processes is fast and easy, giving you the agility to automate almost any manual task, including those with small batches or fast change-overs. The cobot is able to re-use programs for recurrent tasks.

Collaborative & Safe

Now you can replace human operators in dirty, dangerous, and dull jobs to reduce repetitive strain and accidental injuries. Eighty percent of the thousands of UR robots worldwide operate with no safety guarding (after risk assessment), right beside human operators. The safety system of our robots is approved and certified by TÜV(The German Technical Inspection Association).


UR10 helps food company Orkla foods in Kumla streamline production and create operational stability in the packing of food in cartons. It proved very easy to implement and easy to teach the employees to handle and operate the robot. It works well in various networks of production machines, is easy to move and requires no extensive safety installations.

On January 1, 2014, Orkla Foods Sverige was "born", after a successful integration of the three food companies Abba Seafood, Procordia Food and Frödinge. Based in Eslöv, the company has a number of production facilities throughout Sweden. Currently, they are located in Eslöv, Tollarp, Fågelmara, Frödinge, Kungshamn, Örebro, Vansbro and Kumla.

Among other products, the Kumla factory prepares vanilla cream. Before Orkla Foods Sweden invested in Universal Robots UR10, the vanilla cream bags were packed manually in the cartons. The aim was to find an automation solution which could work with other production machines in a network, would be easy to move and program and able to operate alongside employees without extensive safety installations.

"An important requirement was that the robot had to work flawlessly so that we would not need supervision or extra support for it to work. It would also be a major advantage if it did not require safety guarding around it and could work safely alongside our employees", says Johan Linné, Site Manager, Orkla Food Kumla.

After a tip from a local business, the company had a demonstration of the UR10 and was impressed. The automated process involves the placing of bags in cartons. The robot works independently but is part of a network with a carton erector, a carton sealer and is fed by a filling machine. Things are made simple with the UR10 robot, says Johan Linné, and adds that it helps the company streamline and remove heavy lifting and tedious repetitive tasks for the operator.

"It has worked very well", he summarizes. "It is flexible, easy to implement, simple to program and can perform various tasks in a network with other machines."

"An important advantage is that the robot stops if you bump into it, meaning that it is safe and does not require any safety guarding around it which makes it more integrated with the employees."

"We have got a more economic and stable operation and we are now looking into whether there are other applications where we can use this type of robot".

The payback time of the investment in the UR10 is about six months, Johan Linné concludes.

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Sep 5th 2018

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