ABB Australia has further enhanced its IRC5 controller operating system with the new release of RobotWare 5.10.
RobotWare 5.10 adds a host of new improvements aimed at delivering even greater levels of control and accuracy for robot applications.
A key improvement is the introduction of a new generation of ABB’s QuickMove/TrueMove motion technology on a number of robot models.
The enhanced version enables users to improve quality, boost productivity and ensure the up to 50% better path performance and up to 20% reduction in cycle time.
The well known speed independent path property of ABB motion technology is retained by the new generation of technology, thus eliminating the need for path tuning when speed parameters are adjusted during commissioning.
This is particularly valuable in cutting and dispensing applications, for example, when speeds often have to be fine-tuned in order to achieve the optimum quality process.
Commenting on the new version of RobotWare, Olivier Coquerel, ABB Robotics sales manager for Manufacturing Industries, says, “Some people in the industry are under the impression that robots are becoming commodities, but they have probably not looked ‘under the hood’. RobotWare provides a number of features that puts ABB clearly ahead of the competition.”
Shop floor language
An example of such features is ABB Australia’s robot programming language, RAPID, which was originally introduced with the previous controller generation, the S4.
RAPID makes it possible to build well structured programs, able to solve the most challenging automation tasks. The use of shop floor language enables programs with plain text names for variables, positions, tools etc. which enhances program readability significantly.
Another key feature of RAPID is the powerful coordinate system concept, simplifying task replication, cell calibration and off-line programming.
Intuitive user interface
Another example where RobotWare stands out is ABB Australia’s FlexPendant user interface. Ggraphical colour touch screen display, 3D joystick and ergonomic design are some of its featurex.
With RobotWare 5.10, ABB is providing the PC tool Robot Application Builder (RAB). With RAB, users can build tailor made operator interfaces for the FlexPendant, enabling them to enjoy the full power of IRC5 customisability, all in the name of ease of use and production uptime.
SoftMove is a new feature in RobotWare 5.10 ensuring greater flexibility for the robotic cell by being able to make the robot flexible in any chosen, linear direction.
This allows the robot to effectively perform like a mechanical spring when encountering resistance during operation, enabling the robot to deviate from the programmed path and thus cope with tolerances in fixtures and tools without need for mechanical compliance devices.
Another typical use is tending die-casting or injection moulding machines, where the robot is pushed out by the machine as the part is ejected, enabling the robot to follow the machine in floating mode, thus reducing programming and cycle time.
Finally, RobotWare 5.10’s new Analog Sync feature provides users with the ability to optimise machine tending by synchronising robot movement with machine opening and closing. Because of Analog Sync, the user can look forward to reduced cycle times of up to 10%.
“We continue to invest heavily in controller software, which is by far the most differentiating factor in the industry. By introducing new powerful features, integrators and end users can be even more effective,” concludes Olivier.
The ABB RobotWare 5.10 is available throughout Australia from ABB Certified Robot Partners.