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Machine-Tending Software Provides Conversational, Graphics-Based Robot Programming

Monday, September 01, 2008
 
Conversational programming meets industrial robotics with new EasyLoad machine-tending software from Motoman Inc., Dayton, OH. Using graphics rather than text, and a touchscreen interface on the Motoman NX100 robot programming pendant, an EasyLoad software wizard guides programmers through simple step-by-step procedures to create complete, custom robot programs for he machine-tending process. EasyLoad reportedly speeds programming and enhances productivity by reducing robot downtime for teaching. It maximizes capital investment in automation by allowing one robot to perform a multitude of processes on a variety of parts.

Job setup is quick and simple, and so is making changes during a production run, according to company officials. Videos on the pendant demonstrate key features. Using the touchscreen, the operator enters critical dimensions for the part and other processes within the cell, selects machines for each operation and selects a sequence of operations. Next, the operator attaches simple teaching aids to the robot arm, teaches three touch-off positions for each machine and pickup/ set-down position, and removes the teach aids. With required data entered, the EasyLoad software automatically generates the robot program, including all basic logic and safety signals, using predefined templates. These templates can be customized as needed.

EasyLoad works with a variety of grippers and handles a range of Haas machine tools as well as infeed, outfeed and process equipment. It can be used with Motoman’s NX100 robot controller and is compatible with Haas SL-series lathes and VF-series mills with Robot Ready interface and automatic doors.

Motoman Inc.: 937/847-6200; www.motoman.com

 

See also: Yaskawa America, Inc.

Related Enterprise Zones: Automation


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