Universal Robots are a popular robotic-arm solution deployed on the factory floor for a number of purposes facilitating production and machine-tending. This solution allows the popular Universal Robots to be integrated with MachineMetrics alongside production machines for data collection and monitoring.
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What Are Universal Robot Client Interfaces?
The Universal Robot can interact with external devices through a set of exposed communication interfaces. MachineMetrics integration leverages these external interfaces to monitor the robot. The available interfaces used by MachineMetrics are enumerated below and are described in detail in the UR documentation:
RTDE (Real-Time Data Exchange)
Compatible Universal Robots
Universal Robots e-Series
Note: The Universal Robot solution has compatibility verified with teach pendant software version Polyscope 5.11.8+.
Hardwired or Wireless Connectivity
Whether your shop is connected to MachineMetrics using wireless edge devices in each machine, or hardwired ethernet drops to each machine, integrating your Universal Robot with MachineMetrics is a straightforward method of machine connectivity.
Note: The Universal Robot integration utilizes the RTDE Interface on the Universal Robot for variable monitoring and it is highly recommended that there be a wired connection between the Edge and the robot for the best performance and stability.
The ethernet drop to your Universal Robot should be plugged directly into the ethernet port. The IP address, subnet, and gateway set on your robot should be within range of the IP that is set on the MachineMetrics Gateway to allow communication between the robot and the Gateway.
The outermost ethernet port of the MachineMetrics wifi-enabled Edge Device should be connected directly to the Universal Robot ethernet port. The Edge Device's ethernet port IP address must be within range of whatever IP address is set on the Universal Robot’s ethernet port to allow communication between the two.
To get started connecting your robot, proceed to add your robot to your MachineMetrics Account.
If you have questions about this process, please reach out directly to your customer success manager or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.