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Bota Systems Joins Universal Robotics UR+ Ecosystem to Simplify Integration of Force-Torque Sensors

Bota Systems, a pioneer in multi-axis force-torque sensors, announces its new Universal Robot FT Sensor Kit, a highly sensitive six-axis force-torque sensor that is certified by Universal Robots (UR) for use with their collaborative robots, including their newest UR20 model.

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With this certification, Bota Systems joins the UR+ ecosystem, a growing group of partners approved by UR for use with its robots. This gives customers the confidence to select from best-in-breed solutions, such as Bota’s sensors, while saving development time and reducing risk.

Dr. Martin Wermelinger, Head of Robotics at Bota Systems, said: “Bota’s sensors are an excellent match with UR’s robots, providing sensitive haptic feedback to enable precision applications.”

Susanne Nördinger, UR+ Ecosystem Manager EMEA at Universal Robots, said: “Our cobots are great, but most tasks are solved in combination with devices from our valued partners. That’s why we have created the UR+ ecosystem where customers can discover products and connect with trusted UR partners to complete their cobot solution.”

The sensor kit is listed on UR’s website here. It provides everything that’s needed to get up and running quickly, including the lightweight SensONE sensor traducer with integrated electronics, cabling, power supply, and adapters and fasteners. The kit also includes URCap software that integrates in to UR’s graphical programming interface PolyScope. The software consists of drivers to provide access to the force torque data, as well as program templates to easily create force sensitive applications and to save development time.

The UR20 is Universal Robots’ top-end collaborative robot, or cobot, with the longest reach, of up to 1750 mm, and heaviest payload capabilities, up to 20 kg. Thanks to its incredibly small footprint, with a diameter of just 245 mm, this industrial cobot enables customers to automate more applications where heavy objects need to be lifted over a longer distance.

A robotic force torque sensor is a device that measures force and torque when they are applied on its surface. By using the measured signals in real-time feedback control, robots can perform challenging interaction tasks. The sensor of this type that is used most in robotics is a complete six-axis sensor, which measures forces and torques on three axes each.


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