June 27, 2018      

At last week’s Automatica exposition in Munich, Germany, vendors unveiled their latest products in machine vision, software controls for robots, collaborative technologies, and more. We’ve already looked at robot vision, and let’s review some of the announcements around robotics software.

V7 of Robotmaster intended to make programming easier for all

Hypertherm‘s latest software is designed to facilitate robot programming. Robotmaster V7 is intended to make programming easy and intuitive, even for first-time users. This new platform builds on the performance of Hypertherm’s Robotmaster offline programming CAD/CAM software, which was first introduced in 2002.

The standalone solution uses integrated CAD/CAM functionality for the first time, enabling welding, cutting, and other process to use it without specific CAD/CAM training.

The new software release targets automatic integrated welding and contour programming including trimming, cutting, dispensing and deburring, as well as drilling and fastening.

Robotics Software Gets New Versions at Automatica 2018

Hypertherm announced a new version of Robotmaster at Automatica 2018.

Robotmaster V7 navigates complex part geometries and optimizes robot paths while synchronizing movements and preventing collisions between one or more robots, parts, and tooling.

Robotmaster V7 can be used for offline robotic programming in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, power generation/energy, and welding.

Hypertherm plans to release subsequent modules to enable additional tasks, including surfacing, 3D milling, additive manufacturing, and inspection.

Octopuz Quick Weld reduces clicks

Octopuz introduced the newest version of its software, Octopuz 2.0.2, which reduces the number of clicks to create a weld from five to one by leveraging the new Quick Weld feature.

An additional spot-welding feature provides users with a simplified offline programing capability designed to optimize robot operation times.

The company also announced that it had increased its support for Panasonic weave welding, enabling users to create weave welds and program posts for Panasonic robots. The weld accuracy has been improved by locating exact weld paths through 2-point touch sensing.

Robotics software takes on digital twins

Machineering’s new approach for a digital twin is to virtually support the model during all stages: first while the design is constructed, and later in the transfer to the physical world.

In addition, the company said its approach can continuously improve all production steps and align mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and software programming.

During ongoing operations, the user can detect and supervise adjustments and modifications. With its industrialPhysics application, Machineering offers software to create a data model, helping the user’s reconstruction processes and optimize the product flow over the whole life cycle of a machine.

IndustrialPhysics enables users to generate digital prototypes directly from their CAD-data and visualizes material flow and machine kinematics, according to the company.

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Crown uses Fastsuite Edition 2 to more efficiently build forklifts

Cenit’s Fastsuite Edition 2 is a 3D simulation platform specifically for offline programming of welding processes. Crown, a U.S.-based forklift manufacturer, successfully deployed the technology.

The company has a long history of using robotic welding. With Cenit Fastsuite edition 2, Crown has the advantage of a CAD data-based welding-seam generation (CAD-to-path algorithms) with automatic approach and departure strategies.

Welding path generation not only describes the robot’s motion paths, but it also includes the control commands for the welding technology, avoiding many manual steps.

In addition, parameters for the weld seams and the positioning of the torch to the workpiece can be easily adjusted. External axes and workpiece positioners are automatically positioned and interpolated.

The software has a controller add-on for the welding cell, enabling a precise simulation and optimization of the system on the PC.

Weiss combines robotics software, hardware controls

The Weiss Control Package combines hardware and software elements and an intuitive operating panel. The package includes motor and encoder cables, finely tuned motor controllers, and the latest version of the Weiss Application Software, or W.A.S.

W.A.S. is based on an intuitive operating concept so that the indexers, conveyor systems and handling units can be set up without any expert knowledge.

W.A.S. offers permanent current monitoring (PCM), enabling continuous status monitoring as a basis for predictive maintenance. The program continually delivers measured values and status information for every axis.

The auto-tuning function is designed to facilitate changing the loading or position — the software autonomously redefines the optimal parameters and adapts the motor controllers accordingly.

Swedish production optimization brands merge

This is the new brand for the merged Swedish AXXOS Industrisystem AB and Danish API Maintenance Systems A/S, a deal that occurred about 18 months ago.

The company offers two production optimization software lines API PRO and AXXOS OEE.