Published 30-07-2020
| Article appears in August 2020 Issue

COST-EFFECTIVE ROBOT CONTROL

29-07-2020

For easy, low-cost programming of robots, igus has developed control software for its automation solutions. Now available online, igus robot control is free of charge and offers the user an easy introduction to automation.

Imagine robots retrieving goods from boxes, helping to take samples or dispensing cans from a machine. It’s all possible – whether articulated arm robots, delta robots or linear robots, Treotham has all three kinematics available as low cost automation solutions.

Different robot kinematics can be programmed and controlled; a digital twin simulates the movements and can be instructed like a real robot. Users can try out in advance which robot is best suited for their application with igus robot control, a software for the simulation and programming of all igus robots.

The cost-effective igus robot hardware, such as a linear robot with switch cabinet, is available from Treotham; all programming carried out on the digital twin can then be applied to the real thing.

“As a mechanical engineering company, we are very familiar with the different kinematics,” says Alexander Muhlens, head of automation technology at igus GmbH.

“So the next logical step for us was to develop a correspondingly simple and intuitive robot control system.”

With igus robot control, users can freely move all the axes of the digital twin via a 3D interface. By means of a teach-in function the robot can be programmed easily, even without a robot connection.

To do this, users must manually move the robot to the desired position and define how it is to be moved. The process is repeated until the desired motion profile is created.

Matching end effectors, such as grippers, are easily added, while the tool centre point adjusts automatically.

Virtual boxes can also be installed, for example, to prevent the robot from colliding with a machine.

The igus robot control can also be connected to a higher-level control system, either via interface communication with Digital IO or via Ethernet communication using an IP address.

The igus developers plan to further expand the control system.

“In the future, we want to offer cloud services such as vision integration, remote commissioning and also online training for a small cost, which the customer can book,” Muhlens says.

“Further services such as image evaluation via webcam or bin picking solutions are planned as cloud-based solutions.”

Treotham Automation
1300 657 564
www.treotham.com.au

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