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UR cobot connected to Siemens PLC.

Cobot manufacturer integrates standard robot command interface into software

May 7, 2024
Universal Robots announces seamless integration with Siemens PLCs

Universal Robots (UR) has integrated the standard robot command interface (SRCI) into its software. The SRCI is a new standard for robotics manufacturers that aims to create a single interface between PLCs and robots. The full integration of SRCI into UR’s software will enhance the connectivity capabilities of UR’s cobots and is designed to ensure customers a frictionless integration with Siemens programmable logic controllers (PLCs), since Siemens is the first and currently only PLC supplier supporting SRCI in the automation market.

“By having our robots connect seamlessly to a global industry leader like Siemens, we can now offer our partners and customers, both existing and prospective, faster integration and higher ease of use,“ says Daniel Friedman, global director, strategic partnerships, at Universal Robots. “We strive to make cobot automation as simple as possible for our customers, and this is yet another step in our commitment to provide automation for anyone, anywhere.”

The uniform cross-manufacturer data interface of the SRCI makes robot implementation interoperable, and it standardizes definitions and robot commands between UR cobots and Siemens PLCs. This is designed to allow for easier and quicker setup and simplify the deployment of UR robots into existing and new Siemens ecosystem-based production lines.

“We are encouraged that cobots from Universal Robots can now be controlled via the SRCI and can be programmed by Simatic users,” says Rolf Heinsohn, vice president of factory automation segment control at Siemens. “We want to accelerate factory automation and scale the use of robots in industry by making them simple and available to all our customers` employees. It is a great advantage for our customers to be able to easily integrate and use UR’s robots together with the Siemens PLCs in their production.”

The SRCI is available for UR’s e-Series family and the next-generation robots UR20 and UR30. It can be installed and activated with PolyScope version 5.15 or higher via add-on URcap software.

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