A proper internet connection for your cobot is required to take advantage of the Beacon. This steps walks you through that process.
This steps walks you through installing the URCap on your cobot. In the event that you need to remove the URCap, we walk you through that process here too.
Before we get started, it's important you your cobot meets the minimum Polyscope requirements and you have signed up for access.
Beacon requires internet access to work. And fortunately, Universal Robots make it really easy to connect your robot to a network. All Universal Robots come with an ethernet port on the robot controller. On a CB-Series, the network port is on the bottom of the control cabinet. On an e-Series, the network port is located inside the control cabinet.
Plug in an ethernet cable to your cobot, with the other end plug into a switch, router, wall plug, or hotspot.
Within Polyscope, go to the installation settings and setup networking. If your networking is properly configured, you will see "✓ Network is connected" as shown below.
When selecting Static IP networking, be sure to set an IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and (at least) a preferred DNS server.
You must have networking enabled to take advantage of Beacon. If your networking setup shows a disabled network (as shown below) refer to the instructions above for configuring DHCP or a static IP address.
Once the URCap is downloaded, move the downloaded file (the file is named hbcloud.urcap) to a USB thumb drive. Insert the thumb drive into the USB slot on the top-right (e-Series) or right-side (CB-Series) of the teach pendant.
Navigate the URCaps under System of the installation tab. Click the + and select the URCap file from the thumb drive.
Once the URCap is installed, you will be prompted to restart your cobot. To confirm that the URCap is properly installed, head back to the URCaps section of the installation screen and verify Hirebotics is listed under the Active URCaps section, as shown below.
Now that the URCap is installed on your cobot and the URCap is showing a QR code for registration, it's time to accept the invite to the mobile and and sign in.
If you haven't already done so, download the Hirebotics app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Accept your invite to the mobile app by touching Accept Invite.
Then, on the following screen, enter a mobile phone number (with country code, United States is the default), your email address, and set a password. Once you have a valid phone number, email address, and password, the Accept Invite button will illuminate blue. You will be texted a 6-digit confirmation code to enter on the next screen.
To register your cobot, go to the installation tab of your cobot and select Beacon. Our URCap will check for an existing register, download any updates, and transition to a QR code to be scanned by the mobile app.
When you first logged in to the mobile app, you may have noticed a screen popped displaying your back camera. Use your phone's camera to "scan" the QR code displayed in the URCap. Once you have a valid scan, the screen will transition to a registration screen asking you to assign a name to your cobot. Press the Register Machine button to complete this step! Once completed, you'll notice the URCap will transition to a success screen. See the short video below.
With your cobot registered, your critical files will begin syncing to the cloud immediately and your cobot home screen in the mobile app will display real-time status of your cobot. It is important to leave your cobot online so that updated log files and program files changes are backed up and versioned. You never know when you'll need to access these critical assets!
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