“We brought this concept robot to these large, international shows to get accelerated input from interested customers, and we weren’t disappointed,” says Lars. “We received immediate and extensive feedback from dozens of customers not only in those expected industries, but from others as well, some of which we hadn’t even considered. Some of these were potential customers who were eager to explain why they wanted to use cobots but couldn’t – and what we could do to fix that.”
Lars explains how this approach is critical to UR’s new agile processes. “We need to be able to adapt as we go, changing plans based on data or feedback as we receive it,” Lars adds. “In a waterfall approach to development, we put out requirements and spent two years following them. Now we’re running in parallel with our requirements so we can continuously release products and updates that are in tune with customer needs. We are not a black box anymore.”
Making automation more straightforward than ever before
While this approach could result in specific cobot models to meet specific needs, Lars’ teams are also looking at how they can continue to make cobots easier to use for existing processes. “We’re always looking for ways to make using cobots easier and more intuitive,” says Lars. “The easier it is, the faster the deployment time, and the faster customers can start to address their applications.” That’s true for both end users and the ecosystem partners, who help make the journey smoother for customers.
PolyScope X was showcased at IMTS 2022 as a taste of future software capabilities. In the same way that UR showed its ‘clean’ concept cobot to get feedback, the company exhibited its new programming technology to learn from customers and partners. With more input from beta customers, PolyScope X will make it easier for all CNC machine shops, and especially high-mix, low-volume shops, to get customized, configurable programs without the need to re-program and with changeover times at maximum 10 minutes. And for common applications such as machine tending, PolyScope X can help customers go from unboxing to production in eight hours or less once the CNC machine is prepared for integration.
With PolyScope X, UR’s system integrators, OEMs, and UR+ partners get a bigger and better toolbox to create customized solutions for their customers. Integrators and partners will be able to develop their own templates and program code modules, enhancing their ability to create a fully configurable operator interface for their turnkey solutions. Ultimately, they’ll be able to better help their customers do more and handle changes in production without the need to reprogram.