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Universal Robots signs up Cimtec Automation as US distributor

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Partnership augments Cimtec’s automation component offering to southeast US  

Cimtec Automation has been selected as Universal Robots’ distribution partner for collaborative robots serving the US southeastern region.

The partnership augments Cimtec’s automation components and will provide even more advanced automation tools to “improve its customers’ manufacturing quality and efficiency”, says a statement from Cimtec.

Dan Keenan, president of Cimtec Automation, says: “We are excited about this new partnership with Universal Robots.

“Having built our reputation on providing state-of-the-art automation products and industry solutions, we are eager to bring this advanced robotic technology to our customers.” 

Douglas Peterson, general manager of Universal Robots’ Americas division, says: “We see a collaborative robot as a tool – one that can quickly be transitioned between automation tasks to streamline production planning.

“Flexibility in manufacturing involves ability to deal with variation in volumes, design and material handling as well as variations in the process sequences. We look forward to working with Cimtec to bring these innovative tools to an even wider customer base in the Southeastern market.”

Having a built-in safety system that enables a robot to stop operating if it comes into contact with an employee, has long been the defining feature of collaborative robots.

Universal Robots claims it has expanded the term “collaborative” to include user-friendliness, the ability to quickly re-deploy, and simple setup. Whether it is adjusting to seasonal lines, or to variation in co-packing lines, employees can “teach these robots new moves as production schedules change”, says the company.