Universal Robots continues its innovation journey by launching new 30 kg collaborative robot

At iREX in Japan today, Universal Robots demonstrated UR30’s heavy payload capabilities by lifting a tire and a rim together. Since UR30 can handle up to 30 kg payload at its full reach regardless of the pose of the arm, UR30 can not only lift the tire but also change its orientation during the lift to demonstrate its unique payload performance.

Universal Robots, the Danish manufacturer of collaborative robots (cobots), has announced that it will expand its leading product portfolio with a new 30 kg payload cobot.


"As industries evolve, the UR30 not only meets but anticipates shifting demands, enabling businesses to adapt and respond to changing needs effectively. As we continue to innovate, the UR30 is another step in UR's journey in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of automation."

UR30 is the second in Universal Robot's new series of innovative, next generation cobots and is built on the same architecture as the award-winning UR20. Despite its compact size, UR30 offers extraordinary lift, and its superior motion control ensures the perfect placement of large payloads allowing it to work at higher speeds and lift heavier loads.

This makes UR30 ideal for several applications, including machine tending, material handling and high torque screw driving. For machine tending, the high payload brings new possibilities as it allows the cobot to use multiple grippers at the same time. This means it can remove finished parts and load more material in one single pass, shortening changeover times and maximizing productivity.

UR30 will also effectively support high torque screw driving as it can handle larger and higher-output torque tools,​ and thanks to a steady mode feature UR30 delivers straight and consistent screw driving. This will be beneficial in, for example, the automotive industry.

In addition to this, the 30 kg payload makes UR30 a great match for material handling and palletizing of heavy products across all industries, with the small footprint enabling it to fit into almost all workspace - relieving humans of the heavy lifting. Weighing only 63.5 kg, it can also be easily moved between work cells.

The company's President, Kim Povlsen, says:

"The higher payload and greater flexibility underpin a new era in automation. Industries around the world are embracing more agile manufacturing and modularity in production - part of achieving that modularity and agility is about mobility and this cobot delivers that despite its payload.

"As industries evolve, the UR30 not only meets but anticipates shifting demands, enabling businesses to adapt and respond to changing needs effectively. As we continue to innovate, the UR30 is another step in UR's journey in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of automation."

Notes for editors

- The UR30 is available for pre-orders now and will begin shipping in Q1 2024.

- At its reveal at the iREX trade fair in Tokyo, Japan, UR30's material handling capabilities is demonstrated.

- For more info, visit the Universal Robot's website where full technical information is available. UR30 media assets are available here. Video from the iREX launch is available here.

About Universal Robots

Universal Robots is a leading provider of collaborative robots (cobots) used across a wide range of industries and in education. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Odense, Denmark, with North American headquarters in Novi, MI, Universal Robots aims to create a world where people work with robots, not like robots. Its mission is simple: Automation for anyone. Anywhere.

Since introducing the world's first commercially viable cobot in 2008, Universal Robots has developed a product portfolio reflecting a range of reaches and payloads and has sold over 75,000 cobots worldwide. An extensive ecosystem has grown around the company's cobot technology creating innovation, choice for customers and a wide range of components, kits and solutions to suit every application.

For more information, please visit www.universal-robots.com. For media enquiries please contact PR@universal-robots.com

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