Pioneering Universal Robots+ Ecosystem Earns Praise from Industry Experts and Developers
The Universal Robots+ ecosystem is a unique online platform that is making UR robots even easier to implement, with exciting new opportunities for developers and more powerful capabilities for end-users and distributors. UR+ consists of two critical elements:
The showroom features innovative end-effectors, accessories, and software solutions. All are tested, proven, and certified plug-and-play components that guarantee smooth integration with UR robots.
Support & Marketing Platform
The free UR+ Developer Program provides tech support to participants who are developing new UR robot accessories for the showroom, offering access to an ever-expanding, global distributor, and customer network.
Aggressive growth of the UR+ ecosystem demonstrates the demand for this concept. The UR+ showroom featured 22 products at the end of 2016 and is expected to reach 100 by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, 260 developers have registered for the UR+ Developer Program so far, and their number is estimated to grow to 400 by the end of the year. Since its launch in June 2016, the Universal Robots+ ecosystem has become an industry game-changer. But don’t just take our word for it - see what UR+ developers have to say about the benefits for them, for end-users, and the industry as a whole:
The Universal Robots+ cobot ecosystem is a unique online platform that is making UR robots even easier to implement, with exciting new opportunities for developers and more powerful capabilities for end-users and distributors.
SEAMLESS INTEGRATION WITHIN ROBOT TEACH PENDANT
EASY-TO-USE SOFTWARE ACROSS UR PRODUCT LINE
CERTIFIED PRODUCTS CAN BE COMBINED FOR FULLY INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS
Kristine Castle, Force/Torque Sensor Specialist for ATI, which makes a range of robotic tooling and end-effectors, agrees. She adds, “We pride ourselves on as complete solutions as possible, and Universal Robots allowing us to be in your development program, it’s allowing us to give our customers a very complete, easy-to-use package, something that’s plug-and-play for them, which makes the whole integration process go a lot more smoothly.”
Carl Vause, CEO of Soft Robotics, is integrating his company’s grippers on the UR+ platform.
The interface of the UR+ product is accessible directly through the robot’s teach pendant.
Caption: Having UR+ products featured in the UR+ online showroom is free of charge for the product developers.
Costas Charalambous, Regional Sales Manager with Zimmer Group, explains how the same UR+ software can be used across Zimmer’s line of grippers.
Sven Schmidt-Rohr, CEO of Artiminds, with a UR3 robot equipped with OnRobot gripper, Optoforce torque/sensor, and Artiminds software – all certified UR+ products.
FULL CONFIDENCE FOR END USERS
Carl Vause, CEO of gripper manufacturer SoftRobotics agrees. “[Users] want to know that it’s an endorsed product, it’s approved, it’s something that they can buy off the shelf—that Universal Robots is standing behind it as a plug-and-play solution for the UR3, the UR5, the UR10.”
FREE MARKETING PLATFORM FOR GREATER EXPOSURE
Those marketing benefits reach out to distributors as well, according to Zimmer Group’s Charalambous. “Being integrated in the UR+ program is a great benefit to not just us but our distributors, who are Universal Robot distributors and integrators as well, and it allows us to become more visible to a different group of end-users.”
Networking Ecosystem Boosts All Participants
For developers, end-users, distributors, and integrators, UR+ is more than just a showroom. Artiminds’ Schmidt-Rohr states, “We are a happy UR+ partner because we have better access to develop our resources. We can reach out to the UR ecosystem, to other UR+ partners, to the UR customers, to the distributor landscape, and so it’s really a very good way to network, to share information, and to present comprehensive offerings together—software, peripherals, and UR robots.”