Finding the right name for your new company can be a hard job; there are innumerable possibilities. When we decided to go with Universal Robots, we had two reasons: First, it was inspired by a timeless classic of Science Fiction from 1920 - the Czech stage play “Rossum’s Universal Robots” by Karel Capek. This play originated the first use of the word “robot”. Secondly, and even more important, the selection of our name back then revealed our company’s vision: Developing Robots that are quite literally “Universal”.
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A UNIVERSAL ROBOT?
Before answering this question, let’s first take a closer look at the meaning of the word universal. The Oxford Dictionary defines “Universal
” in general as “Relating to or done by all people or things in the world or in a particular group; applicable
to all cases”. Well, this may seem a bit too vague to fit our purpose. The Oxford definition of the word in context with machines or tools is more appropriate: “Adjustable to or appropriate for all requirements.” Thus: To be called “Universal”, a robot must meet all the requirements of each and every one of its actual and potential users. This sounds obvious and not overly complicated at a first glance, but robot users are a heterogeneous group. Different people in different countries from different branches – and they all want to automate different processes, with different budgets and programming skills. Now it sounds more like a challenge, right? But it is not impossible:
DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES…
A Universal Robot should be available everywhere. Even if ‘universal’ may not implicate the whole universe, the world is quite enough. So, in order to meet this goal, you have to build a comprehensive and steadily expanding network of distribution partners worldwide
…FROM DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES
The time when large industrial robots were primarily part of the assembly in the automotive industry only, are over and have been so for a long time. Automation technology has been implemented across the spectrum. At the recent International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, you could find the UR cobots scattered all over the show. From deburring to induction heating, handling laser marking and simulating collision avoidance. The UR robots were hard at work showing IMTS attendees just how easily a cobot arm can integrate into versatile applications. Watch the many IMTS showcases here.