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UR5 Technical specifications

6-axis robot arm with a working radius of 850 mm / 33.5 in


Weight: 18.4 kg / 40.6 lbs

Payload: 5 kg / 11 lbs

Reach: 850 mm / 33.5 in

Joint ranges: +/- 360°

Speed: All joints: 180°/s.Tool: Typical 1 m/s. / 39.4 in/s.

Repeatability: +/- 0.1 mm / +/- 0.0039 in (4 mils)

Footprint: Ø149 mm / 5.9 in

Degrees of freedom: 6 rotating joints

Control box size (WxHxD): 475 mm x 423 mm x 268 mm / 18.7 x 16.7 x 10.6 in

I/O power supply: 24 V 2A in control box and 12 V/24 V 600 mA in tool

Communication: TCP/IP 100 Mbit: IEEE 802.3u, 100BASE-TX Ethernet socket & Modbus TCP

Programming: Polyscope graphical user interface on 12 inch touchscreen with mounting

Noise: Comparatively noiseless

IP classification: IP54

ISO Class Cleanroom robot arm: 5

ISO Class Cleanroom control box: 6

Power consumption: Approx. 200 watts using a typical program

Collaboration operation: 15 Advanced Safety Functions Tested in accordance with: EN ISO 13849:2008 PL d EN ISO 10218-1:2011, Clause 5.4.3

Materials: Aluminum, PP plastic

Temperature: The robot can work in a temperature range of 0-50°C

Power supply: 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz

Cabling: Cable between robot and control box (6 m / 236 in) Cable between touchscreen and control box (4.5 m / 177 in)



Company website: https://www.universal-robots.com/

Manuals download: https://www.universal-robots.com/download/






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MAS students will have six UR5 robots at their disposal. They are located in the Cluster in HIB building, D floor, just next to the bridge leading to HIL building. They are light-weight 6-axis arms with the payload of 5 kg that are used in small scale industry applications, often in collaborative environments with humans.



The above video features some of the possible industrial applications of UR robots. All of these examples show an off-line method of programming them through so called “teaching”. During the MAS course we will use the on-line method where we’ll be sending the instructions directly to the machine from a computer via Ethernet.



UR robots belong to a growing class of light-weight collaborative robots. This means that their self-weight to payload ratio is more optimal than with standard industrial arms. UR5 robots weight 17 kg and have a payload of 5 kg. This means that their payload is almost 30% of their weight. In comparison, standard industrial arms have only around 10% of their weight as their payload. UR robots also have real-time force sensing which enables them to stop moving if they sense unwanted resistance. This makes them ideal for collaborative tasks and work in close proximity of humans. Many industrial processes can be optimized by combining robot and human labor.



Spatial Aggregations 1 was one of first GKR projects to use human-machine collaboration with UR5 robots. Here, only one third of the elements are positioned by the machine, the rest is carefully interpolated by hand using simple marking system. In this way, the global precision of the spatial complex piece is retained while building tolerances can be handled on a local scale.


Updating UR5 robots


Update has to be done in steps. For example, from version 1.4 to 1.8 one has to install first version 1.5, then in order 1.6, 1.7 and 1.8. Update files can be found on https://www.universal-robots.com/download/

GKR UR5 have the Control Box 2, the new UR10 have Control Box 3.




  1. Place update files into the root of the USB stick
  2. Plug the USB into the robot panel
  3. Turn on robot
  4. Go to SETUP Robot – UPDATE Robot
  5. Select an update version
  6. Press UPDATE and reboot robot
  7. Proceed with the next update version





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