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Universal Robots launches software to make setting up robotic work cells easier

Universal Robots has launched its “Application Builder” software, which is designed to make setting up a robotic work cells easier. 

The company says the software provides step-by-step guidance on end effectors, programming, machine interfaces and other things.

The three popular collaborative applications available at launch include machine tending, assembly, and packaging. 

Universal Robots says the new software will help to address the “automation skills gap”.

It says the Application Builder eases robotic cell configuration and deployment while raising robot literacy and capabilities.

Application Builder walks customers through the entire process of building a successful UR robot application that is optimized for throughput and cost.

The online configuration tool provides a step-by-step process to choose the right robot and end-of-arm tooling, to walk through the pros and cons of different configuration options, and to learn the skills required to complete a full solution.

Application Builder has been launched at the ongoing IMTS event, at Universal Robots’ IMTS booth N-236861, where the addition of a virtual reality headset will let attendees enter inside the virtual world of a working robot application.

Stefan Stubgaard, head of Universal Robots’ global competence center, says: “We continue to innovate to make robots accessible and cost-effective for the broadest possible audience.

“Application Builder gives anyone the tools and skills they need to quickly configure and deploy a successful robot application with complete confidence that it will satisfy their requirements.”

Three popular collaborative robot applications are available at launch, including machine tending, assembly and packaging.

Application Builder provides a complete program template for the specific application.

Customers are walked through configuration questions to help define the most appropriate end effector for cost and throughput requirements.

They are shown how to interface the robot controller with other equipment, and how to program the robot for specific application requirements such as torque for screw-driving applications or pattern setups for pallet stacking.

Additional applications are also in the works, says the company.