ROS support for the universal robot UR16e

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I am working on a project with universal robot UR16e and would like to know if it is supported for ROS packages?
Thank you in advance.

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Cam Salzberger
Cam Salzberger on 18 Mar 2022
Hello Lara,
This is mostly something that you would want to ask the Universal Robots team, as ROS generally relies on creators of robots to create interfaces that allow their robots to be controlled through ROS.
Fortunately, a quick search indicates that UR robots in general seem to have ROS support, with the repository here. Not the specific callout on that page that UR16e has only preliminary support, and is not feature-complete. Also note that they currently recommend to use ROS Melodic, though Noetic works too. ROS Toolbox makes use of Melodic in R2020b-R2021b, and Noetic in R2022a.
Once you have the robot set up and being controlled through the ROS interface, you can build the custom messages in MATLAB using rosgenmsg, connect to the ROS Master, and begin controlling the robot through the specified topics, services, and/or actions.

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Milan Padhiyar
Milan Padhiyar on 17 Nov 2022
Hi Lara,
From R2022b, we have official support package specific to Universal Robots manipulators which allows to control the manipulator over ROS interface. This support package provides functions to read robot states and control it in joints and cartesian space. Please find here the link for the same.


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