universal_robot

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ROS-Industrial Universal Robots support (http://wiki.ros.org/universal_robot)

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Universal Robot

Build Status license - apache 2.0 License

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ROS-Industrial Universal Robot meta-package. See the ROS wiki page for compatibility information and other more information.

Installation

There are two different ways to install the packages in this repository. The following sections detail installing the packages using the binary distribution and building them from source in a Catkin workspace.

Using apt (Ubuntu, Debian)

On supported Linux distributions (Ubuntu, up to 16.04 (Xenial),

i386
and
amd64
) and ROS versions:
sudo apt-get install ros-$ROS_DISTRO-universal-robot

replace

$ROS_DISTRO
with
hydro
,
indigo
or
kinetic
, depending on which ROS version you have installed.

Building from Source

There are releases available for ROS Hydro, Indigo and Kinetic. However, for the latest features and developments you might want to build the packages from source.

NOTE: please prefer using the binary release (see previous section) over building from source where possible. Source installs will not be automatically updated by new package releases and require more work to setup.

The following instructions assume that a Catkin workspace has been created at

$HOME/catkin_ws
and that the source space is at
$HOME/catkin_ws/src
. Update paths appropriately if they are different on the build machine.

In all other cases the packages will have to be build from sources in a Catkin workspace:

cd $HOME/catkin_ws/src

retrieve the sources (replace '$ROS_DISTRO' with the ROS version you are using)

git clone -b $ROS_DISTRO-devel https://github.com/ros-industrial/universal_robot.git

cd $HOME/catkin_ws

checking dependencies (again: replace '$ROS_DISTRO' with the ROS version you are using)

rosdep update rosdep install --rosdistro $ROS_DISTRO --ignore-src --from-paths src

building

catkin_make

activate this workspace

source $HOME/catkin_ws/devel/setup.bash

Usage

With real Hardware There are launch files available to bringup a real robot - either UR5 or UR10.
In the following the commands for the UR5 are given. For the UR10, simply replace the prefix accordingly.

Don't forget to source the correct setup shell files and use a new terminal for each command!

To bring up the real robot, run:

roslaunch ur_bringup ur5_bringup.launch robot_ip:=IP_OF_THE_ROBOT [reverse_port:=REVERSE_PORT]

CAUTION:
Remember that you should always have your hands on the big red button in case there is something in the way or anything unexpected happens.

MoveIt! with real Hardware
Additionally, you can use MoveIt! to control the robot.
There exist MoveIt! configuration packages for both robots.

For setting up the MoveIt! nodes to allow motion planning run:

roslaunch ur5_moveit_config ur5_moveit_planning_execution.launch

For starting up RViz with a configuration including the MoveIt! Motion Planning plugin run:

roslaunch ur5_moveit_config moveit_rviz.launch config:=true

NOTE:
As MoveIt! seems to have difficulties with finding plans for the UR with full joint limits [-2pi, 2pi], there is a joint_limited version using joint limits restricted to [-pi,pi]. In order to use this joint limited version, simply use the launch file arguments 'limited', i.e.:

roslaunch ur_bringup ur5_bringup.launch limited:=true robot_ip:=IP_OF_THE_ROBOT [reverse_port:=REVERSE_PORT]

roslaunch ur5_moveit_config ur5_moveit_planning_execution.launch limited:=true

roslaunch ur5_moveit_config moveit_rviz.launch config:=true

Usage with Gazebo Simulation
There are launch files available to bringup a simulated robot - either UR5 or UR10.
In the following the commands for the UR5 are given. For the UR10, simply replace the prefix accordingly.

Don't forget to source the correct setup shell files and use a new terminal for each command!

To bring up the simulated robot in Gazebo, run:

roslaunch ur_gazebo ur5.launch

MoveIt! with a simulated robot
Again, you can use MoveIt! to control the simulated robot.

For setting up the MoveIt! nodes to allow motion planning run:

roslaunch ur5_moveit_config ur5_moveit_planning_execution.launch sim:=true

For starting up RViz with a configuration including the MoveIt! Motion Planning plugin run:

roslaunch ur5_moveit_config moveit_rviz.launch config:=true

NOTE:
As MoveIt! seems to have difficulties with finding plans for the UR with full joint limits [-2pi, 2pi], there is a joint_limited version using joint limits restricted to [-pi,pi]. In order to use this joint limited version, simply use the launch file arguments 'limited', i.e.:

roslaunch ur_gazebo ur5.launch limited:=true

roslaunch ur5_moveit_config ur5_moveit_planning_execution.launch sim:=true limited:=true

roslaunch ur5_moveit_config moveit_rviz.launch config:=true

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