8/9/2019

Universal Robots-Phillips Partnership Eases Integration with Haas CNC Machine Tools

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“We expect this new partnership to fast-track cobots in this sector, with significant advantages for manufacturers.”

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A new distributor agreement between Universal Robots and Phillips Corp. will further the rapid deployment of cobots with Haas CNC machines.

“Having an expensive machine sit idle and missing out on orders due to lack of staffing is every manufacturer’s nightmare,” says Stu Shepherd, regional sales director for the Americas division of Universal Robots (UR) that has already sold more than 1,000 UR cobots for tending Haas CNC machines. “We expect this new partnership to fast-track cobots in this sector, with significant advantages for manufacturers.”

With nine offices representing 12 states throughout the South and Mid-Atlantic regions, Phillips Corp. has installed more than 19,000 Haas CNC machines.

“There is tremendous potential both for retrofitting existing installations with UR cobots and for getting through the door to new customers, offering turnkey solutions,” says president of Phillips Corp.’s commercial division, Michael Garner, who is also the chairman of Haas Automation’s North American distributor council. “We see a significant demand for cobots, which address labor shortages and also support manufacturers who need flexible automation tools they can operate without safety caging.”

More than 60 different Haas models can be automated Universal Robots’ cobot arms. 

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