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aneehallaneehall Posts: 3 Recruit

I am working on a project that requires an actuator or solenoid to operate a small device.  Due to cost, I would rather use a hobby (Radio Contol) grade servo, as an industrial actuator would be overkill for this application.  The problem is I am totally stumped on how to control the servo using an output from the UR5.  I found a topic on this forum that references using an Actuonix control board and actuator, which is close but not quite what I was looking for.

My understanding is that RC servos use a PWM signal between 1.0 to 2.0 microseconds to set the servo position.  I am looking for way to achieve this with the UR5, whether it can do it directly, or if an external servo control circuit is required.

Any ideas?

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  • bcastetsbcastets Vacuum Beta tester Posts: 197 Handy
    I found an article about servo control on the web:

    Voltage is 5.5 VDC and UR is 24V.
    Maybe you could use an analog output and try to make a program to generate the PWM pulse ?
  • aneehallaneehall Posts: 3 Recruit
    Thank you for the reply!  I had considered trying that, I will have to look into the capabilities of the analog output further.

    I found another thread (https://dof.robotiq.com/discussion/comment/5479#Comment_5479) where you commented on using an actuator controller that can accept a 4-20 mA control signal.  I am still hoping to find a hardware controller that will work for servos.  I could use an Arduino to process a signal from the robot and send this to a servo controller but that doesn't seem like an elegant solution.
  • aneehallaneehall Posts: 3 Recruit
    Interesting, I hadn't though of using the ethernet connection like that.  I will have to look more into the raspberry pi or arduino (which I believe has a similar servo hat), as I do not have much expereience with these devices.

    Thanks for the reply!
  • henradriehenradrie Posts: 1 Recruit
    Raspberry Pi's have horrible pulse timing. I wouldn't use them for anything motion related.

    Instead I would suggest using an arduino. Use an RC pulse library to control the servo and use the analog output from the bot to control the arduino. Use a voltage divider to step down the voltage to a suitable level if needed. A servo hat is nice but as long as the signal pin is connected to a digital out, grounds are connected, and power isn't run through the arduino (good way to smoke one) you should be fine.
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