In a remarkable display of ingenuity and advancement, Automate 2023 in Detroit, MI, witnessed Universal Robots (UR) and its ecosystem of innovative OEM solutions takes the stage. Over 60 UR cobots were exhibited across more than 30 booths, solidifying UR's position as the most widely used collaborative robot arm in the manufacturing industry.At booth #3623, UR unveiled groundbreaking innovations in the rapidly expanding application field. Among them was the world's first cobot spot welder, a remarkable achievement by Pro Spot International. Spot welding, previously considered prohibitive for cobots due to weight and complexity, has now been revolutionized with the introduction of the lightweight i5s resistance spot welder. This cutting-edge solution delivers 2-3 times more manufacturing capacity than manual spot welding, integrating Pro Spot's sophisticated technology with Universal Robots' unrivaled safety features.THG Automation introduced a new rotational positioner, addressing the challenges welders face when working with circular or odd-shaped parts. By incorporating positioners into their collaborative welding system, weldments can be presented to the cobot at an optimal orientation, significantly improving efficiency and precision. THG Automation showcased this innovation in their Fronius Perfect Welding CMT system, powered by the UR10e cobot.The introduction of the UR20 cobot, with enhanced reach and payload capabilities, has generated great anticipation among welding partners and UR integrators alike. With a payload of 20kg and a reach of 1750 mm, the UR20 offers expanded possibilities for various applications. It will be featured at the UR booth, demonstrating its capabilities in machine tending by loading and unloading heavy workpieces into a machine fixture.Rocketfarm's MyRobot.cloud, the first digital twin solution developed for palletizing with UR cobots, enables integrators to swiftly verify customer projects. Partnering with Columbia/Okura, UR showcased the miniPAL®, a mobile palletizing solution powered by the UR10e cobot arm. The miniPAL, equipped with three area safety scanners, guarantees safe operation in the presence of workers while maximizing productivity during unattended periods. A larger variant, the miniPAL+, featuring the UR20 cobot, was available for preorders.The strategic partnership between Rapid Robotics and Universal Robots aimed to deploy cobots at scale, enabling expanded offerings in end-of-line applications. At the UR booth, Rapid Robotics showcased a case-packing operation using the UR5e integrated with Rapid's software stack. Attendees witnessed the pre-trained cobot efficiently picking up multiple bottles and neatly packing them into a case, showcasing the application's potential in various industries.