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Easy to program Industrial Robots

Easy to program Industrial Robots

Programming for any robotic device is a crucial feature. It transmits critical information to an automated robot so that it can work and perform such tasks. Robotic programming was once regarded as challenging as complex code lines were expected. Fortunately, progress made in robotics has culminated in the development of more intuitive methods of programming that are even the most novice operator’s user friendly. The most popular methods of programming for industrial robots are Teach Pendants, offline simulation, and demonstration.

Teach Pendants

The most popular technique for industrial robot programming is known as teach pendants. More than 90% of robots are scheduled to teach pendants. Pendants are handheld devices that are normally used in a robot’s control system and consist of a few keys, switches, or a touch screen. Many of the newer FANUC has a touch-screen for pendants. Teaching pendants provide the input of an operator commands via the pendant keyboard. Several robot applications with pendants can be programmed. For example, you can program a FANUC R-2000iC to weld car frames. Thanks to the instructions bestowed on a carrier via the feedback of a teaching pendant, a Fanuc Lr Mate 200id with vision is able to locate parts to be placed on a conveyor.

Teaching pendants provide various advantages in programming robots. As most technicians are familiar with them, there is little training needed as they are the easiest programming form. Furthermore, the great majority of industrial robots come with pendants to enable the operation of robots without the need for additional software programming to be purchased or incorporated. Another advantage of such systems is that they can be positioned precisely. Because of its precise co-ordinates, the Fanuc M-20iA can locate working parts for assembly applications accurately.

Offline Programming

Another robot programming technique that can be used is offline programming when automating with robots. Offline programming is also known as simulation and is used in robotic research in particular. Offline programming is useful because it guarantees the correct functioning of control algorithms before testing with the robot itself. A simulation of essentially an industrial robot and the desired application is generated using this approach. For example, by using simulation software on your computer, a technician may build a mockup of FANUC 410iA palletizing boxes. The application simulation can be adapted and reconfigured before program execution is carried out, ensuring precise programming. When a technician has successfully completed software, he can download it to the robot. Offline programming is less of a disruptive plant, which is why it has become increasingly well known, despite being relatively new in the field of robotics. This is another aspect that generates more work for robots.

Lead Through

Lead through methods includes the programming of robots by demonstration. A robot is physically pushed by the operator through the desired task during this process. With conventional industrial robots, this approach has declined in popularity as many have become too large or heavy to handle their robotic arms physically. Nevertheless, this approach has become popular with collaborative robot programming. Cobots are designed to interact with people and are usually smaller and easier to manipulate. One example of a collaborative robot using demonstrative programming is the FANUC Cr-35ia.

The best way to use lead through programming is for comprehensive applications because the programming is simpler by removing the need to write complex code in many lines. It is also simpler than other programming methods but not very easy to use.

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