Software Offline robot programming cuts idle times
One typical application under scrutiny is part deburring.
Jabez Technologies has released Robotmaster V6, the latest version of its offline robot programming solution. The software is designed to let manufacturing companies increase the productivity of their robotic investment, the company said. As robots become more common in manufacturing, programming them to perform complex tasks is now easier, faster and less expensive due to software and hardware technology developed by robot manufacturers, the supplier explained.
While most robots used in today’s manufacturing areas are basically used for charging and materials handling in a machining cell, Robotmaster allows manufacturers to take advantage of robot idle times. According to Jabez, a typical task being considered is the deburring of machined parts. Until recently, the costly and tedious task of point to point programming these robots has generally deterred the use of these robots for such applications.
Another reason robots become more popular in CNC machining is that it costs a fraction of a typical 5-axis machining centre, the company said. A robotic machining cell allows manufacturers to perform their major machining tasks in one setup with a robot with a spindle controlled by an easy-to-use robotic CNC CAD/CAM system.
While the idea of efficiently machining with robots is a fledgling concept, Robotmaster continues to play a significant role in helping create these markets, the company said. Aside from capturing most of the major world-wide automotive and aerospace clients for their specific machining applications, Jabez Technologies said it is now focusing on reducing the programming costs for typical robotic applications. These include welding, spray coating/painting, laser trimming, and similar applications, which are typically programmed using the tedious and costly point to point method which blocks the production line. According to the company, this can be facilitated using an interactive and graphical tool that allows the end-user to easily and dynamically apply process parameters at any selected point.
Moreover, the part setup process has also been improved, the company said. With Robotmaster, which functions within Mastercam, the user can easily visualise the robot in the workspace environment and perform quick tests to determine the best position of the part in order to accomplish the robotic tasks. According to Jabez, transitions between different paths can also be managed using the newly redesigned robot repositioning tool.