igus® Robot Control enables simple and intuitive robot programming and control and an easy entry into automation. Due to the modular design, different robot kinematics can be controlled, for example, delta robots, linear robots and multi-axis joint robots. The software can be used to simulate the individual movements of the robot on the 3D interface - the robot does not need to be connected for this step.
The so-called "teach-in programming" of the robot takes place in the following steps:
1. Move the robot manually to the desired positions that you want to register and save.
2. Register the positions and define how they should be moved (linear, joint motion, base orientation or tool orientation).
3. Repeat these steps until you have created the desired motion profile. You can also complete the programme with commands via digital inputs and outputs or programme flow commands. The integrated programme editor is available for setting up and editing the programmes. Try it for yourself.
The robot is controlled by a control element or alternatively by a Windows PC. The robot can be programmed via a graphical user interface. You can also connect a game pad to your Windows computer for the control system as an alternative to the handheld. With this version, the robot runs autonomously without the computer after programming via the Windows computer.
Both the robot programming and the control system of the robot operates via a Windows PC. The modular control system is connected to the PC via a USB-CAN adapter. This configuration system is often chosen in educational institutions. The Windows computer must be permanently connected for this version.
Plugin interface: igus Robot Control provides a plug-in interface. It makes it possible to connect, for example, image processing systems or PLC components. With various defined functions, the plug-ins represent a bridge between programme execution in the control system software and external systems. For example, integrated cameras can automatically transmit target positions to the robot control system. The plug-ins can be provided by igus®, or they can be created on a project-specific basis.
PLC interface: The PLC interface (PLC = Programmable Logic Controller) allows the robot to be integrated into a production system controlled by a PLC. In most cases this is done via digital inputs and outputs. In this way, the robot can be controlled without manual interaction.
It is also possible to connect a third-party control panel to robots with a push button to simplify manual control.
Ethernet connection: the Ethernet connection of the modular control system enables the connection of the igus® Robot Control with application-specific algorithms, such as a teleoperation system or a database. This is guaranteed via a CRI Ethernet interface.
The virtual box settings limit the range of movement of the robot arm. This functionality helps to avoid mechanical damage and simplifies programming according to the application. If a programme is executed that violates the virtual box, it is stopped with an error message.
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