Esben Oestergaard, CTO and co-founder of Universal Robots, revealed the new UR3 at the Universal Robots booth in McCormick Place, Chicago this past Monday. He called it a "third-hand"-type of help. According to Universal Robots, the UR3 is a light, 6-axis, table-top robot, offering flexibility and position accuracy in a compact form. It's suited for automated precision tasks where people and robots are working side-by-side.
"It is a robot that is extremely well designed to fit into very confined spaces," Oestergaard explained, adding it's a main reason the UR3 was added to the UR family − so there is an option for minuscule spaces. "What's important here is that we now have a robot that is second-to-none when it comes to [collaborative] technology ... safety and programming, but it's also coming out at a price point that is competitive."
According to Universal Robots, with the UR3 there aren't the traditional added costs of robot programming, set-up and dedicated shielded work cells. Applications the UR3 can be used for include the following: assembly, soldering, gluing, screwing, painting, pack and place, operating hand tools, laboratory work, and more.