Universal Robots' dual-armed set-up can lift objects weighing up to 44 pounds / 20 kg
A new factory robot arm from Universal Robots is programmed using a simple GUI on an accompanying tablet
Tablet in hand, a worker programs Universal Robots' factory robot arm to pick and place objects
A worker stands alongside Universal Robots' factory robot arm without the need for safety barriers
A close-up of the Universal Robots tablet and graphical user interface
Universal Robots' factory robot arm can be set up in hours rather than days or weeks
Industrial robots have been around for the better part of the last sixty years, but until recently most took days to program and had to be cordoned off to prevent injuring their human coworkers. That's beginning to change thanks to smarter robots, like those developed by Universal Robots, a Danish company who's technology – already prevalent in Europe – has been hailed "the world's most innovative robot" by the International Federation of Robotics and the IEEE.
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