Universal Robots’ tradeshow “The Cobot Expo” will offer American manufacturers flexible automation solutions. The virtual expo will feature a range of product news and demonstrations, featuring more than 30 different booths, keynotes, interactive Q&As and live chats with automation experts.
The Cobot Expo is free to attend and is open for anyone with an interest in collaborative robotics, July 28—30, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. EDT. Attendees are invited to visit booths that feature new insights and resources on the most common cobot applications such as machine tending, packaging and palletizing, product inspection, assembly, welding, dispensing and finishing. Joining this lineup is ActiNav, the world’s first autonomous bin picking kit for machine tending launched by Universal Robots this spring. Each application booth will be staffed with automation experts ready to engage in 1:1 conversation with attendees.
For expo visitors wondering how to get started with collaborative robots, numerous keynotes with live Q&As will offer insights on topics such as how to identify good projects, choosing the right cobot model and peripherals, conducting risk assessment and whether to take a DIY approach or go with an integrator. The agenda also has presentations on cobot maintenance and programming and the many new ways cobots are quickly being deployed to address the COVID-19 crisis, including area disinfection, the manufacturing of test kits, face shields and ventilators and in the handling of COVID-19 tests, protecting hospital staff from exposure.
The UR+ platform now includes more than 250 UR+ components and application kits with more than 400 approved commercial developer companies in the UR+ program.
The UR+ partner booths include: ATI Industrial Automation, Energid, Flexibowl, Flexxbotics, Hexagon, Mircopsi/Nvidia, New Scale Robotics, OnRobot, Piab, Robotiq, Schmalz, Schunk, SMC, Vectis, Vention, VersaBuilt, Visumatic, Wiretank and Zimmer.
Alongside the UR+ partners will be booths hosted by Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and OEM partners showcasing products powered by UR cobots. The OEM partners include: Columbia Okura/Rocketfarm, Computech, Hirebotics, IRIS, Melton Machine, ONExia and ProCobots/Easy Robotics.
"The crisis has accelerated the need for flexible automation," said Joe Campbell, senior manager of applications development with Universal Robots. "We’re seeing an uptick in interest for collaborative robots due to social distancing requirements, reshoring to avoid long supply chains, and the need for rapid production line change-overs. The Cobot Expo is a timely opportunity to showcase and discuss how cobots can play a pivotal role in helping manufacturers successfully navigate the pandemic."