In order to further integrate robot control into its dyanamic PC-based
software platform, Beckhoff Automation has released the new TwinCAT® Kinematic Transformation
software. With this release, TwinCAT software now extends its standard machine
sequencing and motion control capability to Delta- and SCARA-type robot
mechanisms with a Kinematic Transformation option.
This eliminates the need for a dedicated robot
controller, the associated software and handshaking routines in applications
that require a robot to handle part loading/unloading tasks. Since the
robot control is in the same controller, the robot movements can be tightly
coordinated with non-robotic motion such as conveyors and other moving mechanisms.
The PC-based control platform from Beckhoff unites PLC, motion control and
robotics all on one multi-tasking hardware and software platform.
Kinematic Transformation" software provides the user with a series of
Eliminates the separate CPU required for robot control.
Reduces engineering costs: configuration, parameterization and
Provides higher performance and accuracy because of direct interfaces;
complex communication between separate CPUs is eliminated.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.