Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Universal Robots integrates Standard Robot Command Interface into its software

April 25, 2024
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

SRCI allows for seamless integration UR cobots with Siemens PLCs

Photo: Siemens

Universal Robots (UR) has now integrated the Standard Robot Command Interface (SRCI), a standardized cross-manufacturer data interface, into its software. UR shares in a press statement that it is among the first cobot vendors to offer this functionality.

UR explains that 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 reportedly enhance the connectivity capabilities of UR’s cobots. It will ensure customers a frictionless integration with Siemens PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), since Siemens is the first – and currently only – PLC Vendor supporting SRCI in the automation market, says UR.

“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 global director of strategic partnerships at Universal Robots, Daniel Friedman. “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 reportedly makes robot implementation interoperable. It also standardizes definitions and robot commands between UR cobots and Siemens PLCs. This allows for easier and quicker setup and simplifies the deployment of UR robots into existing and new Siemens ecosystem-based production lines, explains the company.


“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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