March 29, 2021

Universal SiemensNews400x275Universal Robots has announced that information about its collaborative robots will be added to the Simatic Robot Library, part of the Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portal. This will give machine builders and system integrators the opportunity to integrate UR cobots into complex machines and manufacturing environments. The interpreter interface is planned to be completed within Q4 2021, Universal said.

“Machinery and plant engineers, as well as manufacturers with large production facilities, will benefit from our cobots’ TIA integration,” said Bernd Meier, director of global key accounts and OEMs at Universal Robots. “Thanks to the new interface, they will soon be able to apply our cobots’ functional diversity, precision and repeatability within complex production lines, benefiting from all aspects of digitized information – from digital planning and integrated engineering to transparent operations.”

The holistic TIA Portal engineering framework supports users in planning extensive manufacturing automation projects. In November 2020, Siemens added the Simatic Robot Library as an addition to the application. The library allows users to program their cobots directly within the TIA Portal through a unified UI to add them to their planning.

Simatic robot library With the addition of the UR cobots, designers can extend the range of companies that can benefit from this technology, the company said. “We are welcoming Universal Robots as a new partner just in time for the start of the new Simatic Robot Library’s piloting,” said Tobias Fengel, marketing manager at Siemens Digital Industries. “We are delighted that we will soon be able to offer our clients a forward-looking solution together with the cobot market leader.”

With the integrated design, users will be able to independently implement the UR cobots with major production lines, and teach them functions such as jog mode or path point creation, Universal said. The library also lets users download programming examples and use them to control the UR cobots. “Our cobots have always been characterized by their intuitive handling,” said Meier. “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.”