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New Cobot Welder is programmable with smartphone app

Registration has opened for the Cobot Welder launch event on April 28. It will be hosted by Hirebotics' partner Universal Robots. The event will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn the five ways cobot welding increases productivity and how Hirebotics' Beacon platform decreases the time required to teach a part by 60%.

Hirebotics' new Cobot Welder, Powered by Beacon™, is a complete, user-friendly collaborative robot (cobot) welding system that enables painless automated welding deployments. "The Cobot Welder is a major leap forward in easy-to-use welding automation that combines industrial-grade robot welding functionality with consumer-level ease-of-use and a phenomenal price point," said Rob Goldiez, cofounder and CEO of Hirebotics.

Complete and ready to go right out of the box, Cobot Welder provides all the hardware and software required to get started on an automated welding deployment, including: a UR10e collaborative robot, a Miller Invision 352 MPa cobot package, a Tregaskiss robotic torch, a mobile cart with a standard 5/8-in. diameter on 2-in. center hole pattern, and Hirebotics' ingenious Cobot Welder smartphone application.

An online launch event on April 28 will include a demo of the Cobot Welder system in action and a live Q&A session, providing attendees with an opportunity to see how easy it is teach new parts and welds using the ingeniously simple Cobot Welder cellphone application that runs on Hirebotics' cloud-based Beacon software platform. Beacon, which Hirebotics launched in 2020, is a UR+ certified, powerful platform for cobot application building and remote cobot monitoring, maintenance, and 24/7 global support.

"With Cobot Welder, Hirebotics has managed to eliminate the pain points from robot welding system deployments. At the heart of the system is our Cobot Welder smartphone app, which turns welders into robot programmers in a matter of minutes -- no (teaching) pendant required," said Mitch Dupon, director of Business Development at Hirebotics. "By reducing the time taken to teach new parts by as much 60%, Cobot Welder reduces downtime, improves welding quality and productivity, and ensures painless automated welding deployments. I'm excited to talk about this and the other productivity benefits provided by Cobot Welder at the forthcoming launch."

Joe Campbell, Universal Robots' senior manager of Applications Development & Strategic Marketing, North America, will join Dupon at the launch event. Campbell is a 40-year robotics industry veteran and an expert in collaborative robot deployments.

"The welding profession is experiencing a labor crisis," said Campbell. "The average age for skilled welders is 55, most are likely to retire within 10 years, and younger people aren't entering the profession in sufficient numbers to sustain industry demand."

"There is an urgent need for collaborative welding systems that are safe to use around human beings and can be used to support expert human welders by taking over the tedious and unergonomic aspects of the welding process," he said. Campbell encourages small to medium-size businesses, in particular, to attend the launch event and check out the demo of the Cobot Welder system in action.

Sign up for the April 28 launch event at http://urrobots.com/hirebotics.

Sources: Hirebotics, Universal Robots

Published April 2021

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