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April 9, 2024
Universal Robots and Mathworks strengthen partnership with reciprocating ecosystems

Universal Robots (UR) has joined the Mathworks Connections Program, strengthening the partnership between the two companies. The program supports organizations that develop and distribute complementary, commercially available products, training and consulting based on MatLab and Simulink. In 2023, MathWorks became a UR+ partner within the Universal Robots ecosystem, consisting of more than 300 approved developer companies creating products for the UR platform.

The two companies have already worked closely together, co-developing a support package for Robotics System Toolbox, launched in 2023. Engineers can design, simulate, test and deploy MatLab-based cobot applications onto Universal Robots cobots using MatLab and Robotics System Toolbox from MathWorks.

"In conjunction with MathWorks joining UR+, Universal Robots’ entry into the Connections Program formalizes the organizations’ commitment to helping engineers develop advanced cobot applications and ensures compatibility with new MathWorks releases,” said Jim Tung, MathWorks fellow.

"We are delighted to be a part of the Connections Program and to expand our collaboration with MathWorks,” Jesper Kildegaard Poulsen, senior director of digital ecosystems at Universal Robots, said. “Together with MathWorks, we look forward to continuing our common quest to simplify advanced cobot deployments for robotics engineers.”

As another testament to the two organizations' close relationship, Universal Robots partnered with MathWorks to organize the Autonomous Robot Manipulation (ARM) Challenge this July in Eindhoven, Netherlands, as an affiliated event to RoboCup 2024. The ARM Challenge is an educational, scientific competition that asks young researchers and students to address problems related to autonomous robot manipulation, organized by RoboCup and MathWorks since 2021. As a co-organizer in 2024, Universal Robots will provide its UR5e robots to be used by participants for the final rounds of the competition.

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