Robotic automation improvements are the order of the day. Currently, there is a great demand for technology, especially in the industrial sector.
But acquiring robotic automation has a high cost as it is always improving. Different modifications include price improvements, speed improvements, time improvements, energy efficiency improvements, precision and repeatability improvements. They continually and opportunely present discoveries to optimize the productive sector.
In recent times, the big improvement that has been made in robotics is the “real-time controller” developed by Realtime Robotics, the robotics startup that has been successful with projects like sensible motion planning for industrial robots and autonomous vehicles.
The intention behind this new solution for industrial robotics is to minimize and facilitate programming to safely integrate robotic work cells, improve the minimum time for commissioning, and adjust to the different changes that occur in the manufacturing industry.
With this new controller, manufacturers will be able to project, program and confirm automation quickly and easily during activation.
How does the controller work in real time?
The real-time controller connects directly to the customer’s PLC and the robot to facilitate autonomous calculation, communication, and movement without collisions. It uses automatic interlocks and multi-robot work cells with no interference zone, significantly reducing deployment time and cycle time.
Being able to couple a software toolkit and a program interface not only allows easy incorporation with PLCs and robot controllers, but also integrates selection systems, simulation software and task planning options.
Its web-based interface configures and tracks robot work cells, including displaying robot movements and processing fault conditions.
Real-time motion planning also enables autonomous and immediate fault recovery solutions for multi-robot work cells.
The availability of this automated real-time controller solution as a proprietary hardware and software platform that supports both offline programming and single and multiple robot runtime operation. Work cells are forecast from May 2020 in North America, Europe, Japan, and China.
Peter Howard, CEO of Realtime Robotics, commented, “Our vision is to reduce the friction associated with deploying robots in industrial environments. The real-time controller is a catalyst to accelerate and simplify robotic automation worldwide, allowing manufacturers to finally take advantage of the power of industrial robots working together.”
Gurpreet Ghataore, Advanced Research Engineer, The Manufacturing Technology Center, said, “Realtime’s RapidPlan technology and the new Realtime Controller provide the power to transform the way we implement and operate industrial robots. The solution dramatically reduces movement planning time and eliminates interlocking, so our engineers can focus their efforts on designing fully capable work cells and efficient deployments of multiple robots.”
As previously mentioned, the technology surprises us daily and now benefits us with a real-time controller, which provides us with programming, planning, flexibility, assistance from various robots, allowing robots to work together in unstructured and collaborative workspaces.
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