Apera AI integrates AI-powered robotic vision into the Universal Robots’ UR+ ecosystem

Vue robotic vision software adds powerful bin picking, assembly, packaging, and machine tending capabilities to UR cobots.

November 15, 2022 — Vancouver, Canada — Apera AI’s Vue robotic vision software is now available on the UR+ ecosystem offered by Universal Robots, the world’s leading cobot manufacturer. The two companies have tested and certified that Vue software integrates seamlessly with the full range of UR cobots.

Vue software uses artificial intelligence and machine learning for robotic path planning, grasp intelligence and collision avoidance. These capabilities are integral to fast and repeatable performance in manufacturing applications such as bin picking, assembly, packaging, machine tending, sorting, and palletizing.

Vue software provides industry-leading performance, with a total vision cycle time of 0.3 seconds (3 Hz). Using Vue, robots can move faster in identifying and grasping objects, therefore achieving higher productivity versus competing vision solutions.

Chris Savoia, Regional Head of UR+ Americas at Universal Robots, says that "Vue from Apera is one of the best UR+ vision systems I have seen. The robot guidance is very effective for bin picking, feeding machines and more."

Manufacturers are using robots at record rates to ease labor shortages and make productivity gains. According to the Associating for Advancing Automation (A3), North American manufacturers ordered 23,903 robots valued at $1.249 billion through the first two quarters of 2022.1

“Vue from Apera is one of the best UR+ vision systems I have seen. The robot guidance is very effective for bin picking, feeding machines and more. Our shared customers will find that Apera AI’s sales team is both knowledgeable and responsive.,” said Christopher Savoia, Regional Head of UR+ Americas, Universal Robots.

“Universal Robots has a strong reputation for usability. Apera AI fits with that approach since we remove the custom programming that’s typical of vision integration projects. Our systems also operate in ambient light with no special cameras or sensors. We can even simulate performance in a full digital twin before the customer commits to spending,” said Manuel Sordo, Chief Revenue Officer at Apera AI.

Robotics users can now access the URCap for Vue on the UR+ ecosystem. Resources to start using Vue are also located on the UR+ web site.

Apera AI’s proprietary technology focuses on the use of artificial intelligence to train robots to find the most pickable object in randomized situations. An AI neural network is trained to understand all the properties of an object, including its geometry, finishes and how it can be handled.

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About Apera AI

Apera AI helps manufacturers make their factories more flexible and productive. Robots enhanced with Apera’s Vue software have 4D Vision—the ability to see and handle objects with human-like capability. Challenging applications such as bin picking, sorting, packaging, and assembly are now open to fast, precise, and reliable automation. Apera AI is led by an experienced team from high-growth companies focused on robotics, artificial intelligence, and advanced manufacturing.

About Universal Robots

Universal Robots aims to empower change in the way work is done using its leading-edge robotics platform. Since introducing the world’s first commercially viable collaborative robot (cobot) in 2008, UR has developed a product portfolio including the UR3e, UR5e, UR10e, UR16e and UR20, reflecting a range of reaches and payloads. Each model is supported by a wide selection of end-effectors, software, accessories and application kits in the UR+ ecosystem. This allows the cobots to be used across a wide range of industries and means that they can be redeployed across diverse tasks. The company, which is part of Teradyne Inc., is headquartered in Odense, Denmark, and has offices in the USA, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Mexico. Universal Robots has installed over 50,000 cobots worldwide.

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