ABB has enhanced its IRC5 controller operating system with the release of RobotWare 5.10.
A key improvement is the introduction of a new generation of QuickMove/TrueMove motion technology on a number of robot models. The latest version enables users to improve quality, boost productivity and ensure performance with up to 50% better path performance and up to 20% reduction in cycle time.
The ‘speed independent path’ property of ABB motion is retained by the new generation of technology, eliminating the need for path tuning when speed parameters are adjusted during commissioning.
This is valuable in cutting and dispensing applications eg, when speeds often have to be fine-tuned to achieve the optimum quality process.
Programming language, 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.
Another key feature of RAPID is the powerful coordinate system concept, simplifying task replication, cell calibration and off-line programming.
‘SoftMove’ is a new feature in the package 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 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 the need for mechanical compliance devices.
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