Cobots manufacturer Universal Robots opens new West Coast HQ in Irvine

Posted on 28 Jun 2016 by Tim Brown

Universal Robots, a market leading producer of cobots, the emerging new class of industrial robots that can work outside of safety enclosures alongside employees, has chosen to expand it's US presence with a new 3,000+ sq ft West Coast base in Irvine, CA.

For the past three years, Danish-based Universal Robots has doubled sales each year and now has more collaborative robots – or cobots – deployed worldwide than all competitors combined. Area Sales Manager of Universal Robots’ Western Division, Craig Tomita, will head up the new team in Irvine providing expanded West Coast operations.

“This office will be key in sustaining our growth. Our cobots are already deployed in a wide range of industries here in Southern California; from medical device manufacturers to machine shops. Having a local presence brings us closer to our end users and sales channel partners, enabling us to offer unmatched service and support,” said Mr Tomita.

“Our robots are now increasingly deployed with larger enterprises, but our target market has always been small to medium sized businesses that are trying to optimize production but up until now viewed robotics as too costly and complex. There’s a great mix of these kinds of companies in this region,” said Tomita, adding that the Irvine location is perfectly located between San Diego, Los Angeles and Riverside counties.

“It is also very close to the University of California, Irvine, which could be a potential source of engineering talent, as well as having convenient access to the local Santa Ana Airport, only eight miles away.”

The official opening of Universal Robots new Irvine office takes place:
Wednesday July 13, 9am – 4pm, 101 Pacifica, Suite 350, Irvine, CA 92618. Anyone interested in cobots and their applications is invited to stop by to meet and interact with the complete lineup of collaborative UR robots by RSVP’ing to [email protected].

UR cobots

The UR robots are sold through local distributors, in Southern California the robots are represented by Numatic Engineering in Los Angeles, providing extensive application prototyping on-site with all new customers.

Contrary to traditional industrial robots that need to operate within safety enclosures and are difficult to move and program, according to the company UR robots are lightweight and flexible and the customer can program a robot within hours.

Universal Robots is the result of many years of intensive research at Denmark’s successful robot cluster, which is located in Odense, Denmark. The company was established in 2005 by three researchers, Esben Østergaard, Kasper Støy and Kristian Kassow.

UR wanted to make robot technology accessible to all by developing small, user-friendly, reasonably priced, flexible industrial robots that are safe to collaborate with and that on their own can be used to automate and streamline processes in the industry. The product portfolio includes the collaborative UR3, UR5 and UR10 robotic arms, each named after their payload capability in kilograms.