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ABB creates new robot control HMIs with smart phone simplicity

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article image ABB Production Screen uses graphical objects, known as widgets to perform basic robot functions

ABB Robotics announces a new range of robot control HMIs featuring smart phone simplicity. 

Production Screen brings smart phone logic to the robot controller device, the FlexPendant, giving robot operators easy access to information, and the ability to launch apps and display widgets.

ABB Production Screen uses graphical objects, known as widgets to perform basic robot functions. Widgets can be created using either ABB ScreenMaker or third-party software such as Microsoft Visual Studio.

Paolo Maggi - product specialist for ABB Robotics in Australia says they can now take simple graphic interface configuration for granted thanks to smartphones. 

The software’s on-screen customisation and user-friendly navigation features are designed for use with a variety of applications such as arc welding, spot welding and dispensing. Widgets can be programmed to perform information, control, monitoring and notification functions. Readymade widgets and apps can also be shared and downloaded from ABB’s application library, Robot Apps.

According to Maggi, Production Screen is a cost effective way for robot operators to interact with the robot directly from the FlexPendant. Its production environment puts the operator in control by bringing only the relevant functions to the forefront, which allows robot operators to focus on production-related data and work more effectively.

ScreenMaker is a software package available from ABB, which allows users to create customised FlexPendant GUIs. It eliminates the need to learn the visual studio development environment and .NET programming.

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