August 29, 2013
ABB has introduced an overhauled system of robotic machine tending software for such applications as die casting, injection molding, and machining. Together, the new PC-based RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac and the new controller-based RobotWare Machine Tending software allow for simulation, validation, and optimization to be completed in the 3-D virtual world and then transferred directly to the real world.
The PowerPac provides a platform for creation and editing of machine tending robot cells. It comes with a library of common grippers and station types, as well as built-in support for most machines and peripheral equipment. Safe home position movements can be defined in a virtual environment.
The controller-based software is designed as a stand-alone programming, configuration, and operation tool, but it also is tightly integrated with the PowerPac. A customizable GUI allows for production monitoring and control, as well as automatic program and part selection. Although the interface has been designed so that less skilled personnel can control most common tasks, the software also provides unlimited access to coding tools for more advanced users.