New PC-based RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac and controller-based RobotWare Machine Tending software allows for simulation, validation, and optimization to be completed in the 3D virtual world and then transferred directly to the real-world.
(Source: ABB Robotics)
@Charles, I agree, many companies would want to have their own professional solve the problem out and in timely fashion. Without relying on the outside specialized help, because it will lead eventually to high maintenance costs and more loss of critical manufacturing time. The latest softwares are empowering the non technical and non specialized personnel to reconfigure and program the robotic machines by themselves.
Chuck, The key is that the extra level of software enables non-programmers to more easily "re-configure" the underlying software operation. The ability to visualize the changes just makes the entire process easier to use.
The fact that "control software is usable by even less skilled workers" seems to be a key here. Most manufacturers are do-it-yourselfers; they'd rather do software updates and changes on their own, rather than calling for, or hiring, specialized help.
taimoortariq, You are exactly right. Robotic programming languages have always been known as complicated and laborious to update. This kind of interface makes it possible to change the underlying control code without needing a software jock to do it.
Mydesign, The idea is that the software both allows the user to visualize the change in the process using the animation (along with validating the new process), and then also automatically update the control software.
@Naperlou, In manufacturing, cost and expenses are definetly a major area to consider but so is the time which is directly linked to cost as well. To program and test might utilize a fairly decent amount of time, and then the risk of a "bad code" is also there, which can be detrimental to the robot or the workstation as well. I believe that if there is a detailed simulation software out there, it is always good to trust the simulation, do some rigourous testing at the software side, and then integerate it with the controller.
"The idea is that using the interactive user interface for program creation and graphical representations for settings and features simplifies the process"
To be able to program robots by using graphical methods and inbuilt functions is a great feature to have, since it is adding simplicity to the complicated process and flexibility to test it. I remember when we were working with Industrial robots we had right the G codes line by line to bring about manufacturing of a workpiece and handling it. But having a user friendly interface will save a great hastle.
Simulation is also made easier becuase all aspects of the process tend to use detailed models. These can then be eaisly integrated to create a complete model of the situation. When there are aspects that are not already modeled, then the cost of modeling them might be a detriment to this approach. In other words it might be cheaper to program and test.
"new industrial robot machine-tending software that allows simulation, validation, and software optimization to be completed in a 3D virtual environment, and then transferred to the robot controller."
Presher, simulation is a part of visualization where the developer will be able to know how their system is responding at various commands in real time mode. So any addition to the simulation process can increase clarity and transparency in performance monitoring.