At automatica 2023 in Munich Universal Robots, the Danish manufacturer of collaborative robots (cobots), yesterday presented a new software platform specifically developed for machine tending tasks.
The name is PolyScope X and through a new, customisable user interface, it will add new levels of flexibility to high mix, low volume machine tending automation. With PolyScope X, machine shop operators should achieve changeover times of less than 10 minutes – far below what is possible today with any other software, claims UR.
This way users can run more batches in a day and to run them in a more strategic and flexible way. PolyScope X is meant for high-mix, low volume production and is introduced at a time when manufacturers all over the world are looking for increased flexibility to handle shifting and increasingly diverse orders.
“PolyScope X is a landmark development in machine tending automation,” says Anders Billesø Beck, Universal Robot’s Vice President for Strategy & Innovation. “The simplicity of the user interface and the much faster changeover times will provide manufacturers with a whole new set of possibilities for how to automate their machine tending tasks and it will allow them to break some of the barriers that are holding them back today. I wouldn’t hesitate to call it a gamechanger for the industry, especially for those who have a high-mix, low-volume production.”