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8 Robots Making Waves

From caretaker humanoids to bomb detection vehicles, robots continue to move well past vacuuming. Check out new robots roaming the recent RoboBusiness conference.
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UR5 Robot Arm from Universal Robots

Universal Robots calls its UR5 'your robot colleague' for its ability to handle assembly line and materials testing tasks too precise -- or monotonous -- for humans. Some examples: gluing, welding, packaging, and food handling. Yet humans can still work alongside the UR5 by using an included touchscreen tablet for easy setup and programming. If a person's body contacts the UR5, the robot arm will stop to ensure safety. 
The UR5 model is a six-axis robot arm weighing 40 pounds with a reach of 33.5 inches. It costs $35,000. A 64-pound model, the UR10, is available for $45,000. In either case, Universal Robots claims the average payback period is 195 days.

UR5 Robot Arm from Universal Robots

Universal Robots calls its UR5 "your robot colleague" for its ability to handle assembly line and materials testing tasks too precise -- or monotonous -- for humans. Some examples: gluing, welding, packaging, and food handling. Yet humans can still work alongside the UR5 by using an included touchscreen tablet for easy setup and programming. If a person's body contacts the UR5, the robot arm will stop to ensure safety.

The UR5 model is a six-axis robot arm weighing 40 pounds with a reach of 33.5 inches. It costs $35,000. A 64-pound model, the UR10, is available for $45,000. In either case, Universal Robots claims the average payback period is 195 days.

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