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Universal Robots develops interface for Siemens engineering portal

Universal Robots, the world’s largest collaborative robots manufacturer, has developed an interface for the engineering portal of Siemens, one of the world’s largest industrial technology companies.

The companies say that integrating Universal Robots’ collaborative robots into complex machines and manufacturing environments will soon be a process machine builders and systems integrators can “seamlessly handle” through the Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portal.

The UR collaborative robots will become part of the Simatic Robot Library within Siemens’ TIA environment through an interpreter interface planned to be completed within the fourth quarter of 2021.

Bernd Meier, director of global key accounts and original equipment manufacturers at Universal Robots, says: “Machinery and plant engineers as well as manufacturers with large production facilities will benefit from our cobots’ TIA integration.

“Thanks to the new interface, they will soon be able to apply our cobots’ functional diversity, precision and repeatability within complex production lines, benefitting from all aspects of digitalized automation – from digital planning and integrated engineering to transparent operations.”

Simplifying robot implementation

The holistic TIA Portal engineering framework supports users in planning extensive manufacturing automation projects.

In November 2020, Siemens presented the Simatic Robot Library as an addition to this application. The “robot library” allows users to program their cobots directly within the TIA Portal via a unified user interface and to include them in their planning, which will now also include UR’s collaborative robots, greatly extending the range of companies benefitting from the cobot technology.

Across industries, users will now encounter the UR cobots in the context of complete plant engineering solutions.

Tobias Fengel, marketing manager at Siemens Digital Industries, says: “We are welcoming Universal Robots as a new partner just in time for the start of the new Simatic Robot Library’s piloting.

“We are delighted that we will soon be able to offer our clients a forward-looking solution together with the cobot market leader.”

Combining cobots with new technologies

Thanks to the TIA portal’s integrated design, users can now independently implement the UR cobots within major production lines and teach them functions such as jog mode or path point creation.

The new library allows users to download programming examples and use them to control the UR cobots.

Meier says: “Our cobots have always been characterized by their intuitive handling.

“Their integration into the TIA portal via the Simatic Robot Library now accelerates their integration and implementation into complex production lines. It also makes it easier to combine the UR cobots with technologies like Edge data analyses or cloud services and include them in the monitoring of plant conditions.”

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