Issue: Feb 2014


by Jon Knox

The UK’s first ever industrial robot manufacturer is celebrating the launch of two new models, which are set to revolutionise the market by eradicating reliance on second-hand equipment and helping manufacturing businesses increase profitability.

West Midlands-based Armstrong UEN, which specialises in improving manufacturing efficiencies, has developed an innovative and cost-effective turnkey gantry-style robot and a robotic arm, both of which can be purpose-built to complement the engineering and manufacturing sector.

“We are proud to provide bespoke and innovative solutions for our clients, designed and manufactured here in the UK, and the launch our cartesian robot and robotic arm demonstrate our ongoing commitment to our clients’ needs,” explained Peter Richards, Managing Director at Armstrong UEN.

“Prohibitive costs have meant that many people rely on re-purposing second-hand robots which were often designed for much more complex tasks. This brings unnecessary expense, and complications to businesses, which led us to design simple but effective robots that are easy to operate, require little training to utilise, and – because of their simplicity – are really cost-effective and carry minimal breakdown risk.”

Following feedback from customers who required transportable machines with lifting abilities and a smaller workshop footprint, Armstrong UEN has pioneered an easy-to-program gantry-style palletising robot, and has also launched an innovative industrial robotic arm, both of which are quick and accurate solutions for a range of material handling applications.

Peter continued: “Using over-engineered products like reprogrammed robots sees far more complex engineering utilised than needs to be, which causes numerous headaches for the client – whether that’s during set-up, running, or maintenance. By keeping our designs simple, we’re able to supply cost-effective solutions at the same price as a reconditioned, second-hand robot, but with all the benefits of a purpose-built new machine. With major savings in overtime costs to be made, our robots provide a very fast return on investment, with early suggestions showing just six months for full return on investment. What’s more, they require minimal supervision, meaning that staff don’t have to be tied to the line and can be better utilised elsewhere in a business to further increase profitability.”

Armstrong UEN’s cartesian, four-axis industrial robots have a 60kg lifting capacity, with unlimited travel distances, 3m/s travel speeds, and safeguards incorporated into the design. Easy to fit into the width of a truck trailer, the robots can be integrated to work alongside existing machinery. In addition, the firm’s robotic arm can be customised to meet specific requirements and due to its user-friendly software, can be applied to production processes within a very short amount of time.

Launched in 2009, West Midlands-based Armstrong UEN is the only UK company to design and manufacture industrial robots. The business prides itself on providing quick and purpose-built robotic solutions, specialist industrial automation equipment, and a range of after sales services that complement and enhance the efficiency of any manufacturing or engineering business. For more information, please call 0845 643 5326, email, or visit

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