New igus control software for simple robot programming

igus has developed a new control software for its low cost automation
solutions. Designed to programme robots with ease, igus robot control is
available online free of charge and offers the user an easy introduction to
automation.

Different robot kinematics can be programmed and controlled. A digital
twin simulates the movements. In this way, the user can programme a suitable solution
before purchase. The cost-effective igus robot hardware, for example, a linear
robot with switch cabinet, is supplied by Treotham.

Picking up goods from a box, helping to take samples and dispensing cans
from a machine – all are done by robots. Whether articulated arm robots, delta
robots or linear robots, Treotham has all three kinematics as low cost
automation solutions available.

To enable users to try out in advance which robot is best suited for
their application, Treotham now offers the igus robot control software for the
simulation and programming of all igus robots.

“As a mechanical engineering company, we are very familiar with the
different kinematics, so the next logical step for us was to develop a
correspondingly simple and intuitive robot control system,” says Alexander
Mühlens, head of automation technology at igus GmbH.

The software is available online free of charge and license-free. In the
software there is a digital twin for all igus robots, which can be simulated
and taught like the real robot. The robot control system is also used later to
programme the robot intuitively. Every programming can be applied to the real
robot afterwards.

Easy programming of robots

With igus robot control, the user can freely move all axes of the
digital twin via a 3D interface. By means of a teach-in function, the robot can
be programmed very easily, even without a robot connection. To do this, the
user must manually move the robot to the desired position and define how it is
to be moved. The process is repeated until the desired motion profile is
created.

Matching end effectors, such as grippers, are easy to add and the tool
centre point adjusts automatically. Virtual boxes can also be installed, for
example, to prevent the robot from colliding with a machine. The igus robot
control can also be connected to a higher-level control system, either via
interface communication with Digital IO or via Ethernet communication using IP
address.

The igus developers want to expand the control system even further: “In
the future, we want to offer cloud services such as vision integration, remote
commissioning and also online training for a small cost, which the customer can
book. Further services such as image evaluation via webcam or bin picking solutions
are planned as cloud-based solutions,” M√ºhlens added.

For more information, please visit the Treotham Automation website www.treotham.com.au or call 1300 65 75
64.

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