The future of robots: igus develops new robotic control software
A digital twin for intuitive robot control. New software to improve the control and use of robots has been developed and launched by igus.
Matthew Aldridge, UK Managing Director of igus, the global manufacturer of energy chain systems and polymer plain bearings, said: Our roots are in mechanical engineering, but as the igus range has evolved to include automated sub-assemblies, this new software is the next logical step for us”
“Software plays a key role in the development of robotics and our simple and intuitive robot control system enables users to create their own program and also identify the igus robot that is best suited for their application – before even making a purchase.”
The igus robot control, which is free of charge and license-free, is available online and includes a ‘digital twin’ – a virtual replica which can be programmed and taught to move and behave intuitively. This programming can later be applied to the physical robot – whether it is picking up goods from a box, helping to take samples or even dispensing cans from a machine.
The complete hardware package is available at a very low price point. For example, a drylin twin axis gantry robot with an integrated controller in a control cabinet is available for £4500.
Easy programming of robots
Firstly, the user must manually move the robot to the initial position and then specify how it is to be moved. The process must be repeated until the desired motion profile is created. Matching end effectors, such as grippers, can easily be added, with the centre point adjusting automatically.
Virtual boxes or perimeters can also be installed to, for example, prevent the robot from colliding with a machine.
Engineers at igus are continuing to develop and enhance the software to offer cloud services such as vision integration, remote commissioning and online training for a small cost, which customers will be able to book online. Further services such as image evaluation via webcams or bin picking solutions are also being planned.
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