HRC for Universal Robots


Human-robot collaboration opens up new possibilities for efficient, flexible and optimized production. Conflicting market requirements, such as increased depth of customization, have to be taken into account amid shortening product lifecycles. Cooperation and collaboration between humans and robots can create far-reaching potential under these circumstances. Both resources are making optimal use of their unique possibilities, creating new jobs for the future as a result. Zimmer grippers form the link between the workpiece and the robot here.


Of course, for Universal Robots, Zimmer offers more than just one of the world's top HRC grippers. The company also provides a comprehensive system module that has been specially adapted to your model. This module provides a broad selection of grippers and handling components with the necessary accessories, so that you don’t have to worry about compatibility and integration. Of course, this system module also includes HRC and Industrie 4.0 components that are compatible with your robot. These open up numerous advantages for you: easy to install, easy to configure, easy to operate, advanced diagnostics and preventive maintenance as well as the ability to make replacements while operation is in progress.


Operating Industrie 4.0 components from Zimmer Group is just as easy and flexible as installing them. What originally applied primarily to industrial control systems is now also available for robots. In doing so, operation is integrated completely into the robot control system. As a result, Zimmer Group components can now be configured manually using the robot control panel directly and integrated into the robot program sequence. An external PLC control system is not required to do this. In this design, the Universal Robots specialists used the Zimmer HMI they were familiar with as the basis for giving the user a standardized and intuitive user interface. The user can control the entire IO-Link gripper portfolio from Zimmer Group using this complete tailor-made system and can use pneumatic, electrical, servo-electric and digital Zimmer Group components with the innovative robots from Universal Robots.



Automation cell




Separated workspaces
Presence detection

Zones of action

Shared workspaces
Workpiece acceptance in a secure area Workpiece acceptance in an
unsecured area
All gripper systems can be used All gripper systems can be used

Gripper with special HRC geometry

> Secure handling of the workpiece, even in the event of a power supply failure

Grippers with special HRC geometry + reliable gripping force limiter

> Secure handling of the workpiece, even in the event of a power supply failure

> Control system limits force to a max. of 140 N in acc. with ISO/TS 15066, redundant safeguarding thanks to patented safety gripper jaws



  • Designed in accordance with BG / DGUV recommendations
    •    Patented and BG / DGUV certified safety gripper jaws
    •    360° status display using an integrated LED band
    •    Gripper jaws freely programmable from a minimum to a maximum stroke
    •    Brushless drive technology with mechanical self-locking mechanism.
    •    Different gripping profiles such as force mode, positioning mode or pre-positioning force mode etc.
    •    Bi-directional communication for process and service data
    •    Handling of a wide variety of workpieces using the same gripper thanks to servo technology.
    •    Fully integrated UR Caps software for controlling the components


Order No. HRC-01-072819 HRC-01-072802 HRC-01-072830 HRC-01-072824
Suitable for robot type UR5 UR5 UR10 UR10
HRC characteristic Collaborative Cooperative Collaborative Cooperative
Integrated safety gripper jaws Yes No Yes No
Drive BLDC motor BLDC motor BLDC motor BLDC motor
Stroke per gripper jaw, adjustable [mm] 60 60 60 60
Nominal gripping force [N]* 120 750 120 750
Min. gripping force [N] 100 - 100 -
Max. gripping force [N]** <120 650 <120 650
Self-locking mechanism Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical
Max. permitted weight per gripper finger [kg] 0,3 0,25 0,3 0,25
Max. length of gripper fingers [mm] 55 80 55 80
Max. movement speed per gripper finger [mm/s] 60 60 60 60
Repeatability +/- [mm] 0,05 0,05 0,05 0,05
Operating temperature [°C] +5 ... +50 +5 ... +50 +5 ... +50 +5 ... +50
Protection class in accordance with IEC 60529 IP40 IP40 IP40 IP40
Weight [kg] 1,8 1,6 2,0 1,8

* Depending on the movement profile, grip point height and rigidity of the gripper fingers or item being gripped
** mechanical gripping force limitation using safety gripper jaws


Zimmer Easy-To-Use Package for UR1

Part number Article Description
ZUB068713 IO-Link master IO-Link master
Connecting cable M8 4-pin 5 m Cable for supplying power to the master
Cable for connecting the Modbus to the master Communications cable between the robot and master RJ 45
Software HMI for UR-Robots

Required accessories

Part number Article Description HRC-01³ HRC-03³
KAG500 Connecting cable M8 3-pin 5 m STO cable (Safe Torque Off)
KAG500IL Connecting cable M12 5-pin 5m Connection between gripper and Y-adapter
    •     •     •
B12-Y-5IL Y adapter Splitting between data and power supply
    •     •     •
KAG500-02 Connecting cable (Y to power) Connecting cable to the power adapter
    •     •     •
CELE00611 Power adapter ² Power adapter for voltage supply (24V/10A)
    •     •     •

Optional accessories

Part number Article Description HRC-01 / HRC-02 / HRC-03 / HRC-04
ZUB000009 UR3 energy chain Energy chain for robot of type UR3
ZUB000010 UR5 energy chain Energy chain for robot of type UR5
ZUB000011 UR10 energy chain Energy chain for robot of type UR10

¹ One Easy-to-Use Package is required per robot. It makes it possible to operate up to 4 different IO-Link grippers.
² The power adapter provides 10 A (15A peak). Please observe the current draw of the respective gripper series.
³ These additions are needed for each individual gripper. The energy chains are optional here.