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Programming -
simulation - control: igus® Robot Control

igus® Robot Control Software: programme and control robots

Introduction to automation with the intuitive robot software as freeware

igus® Robot Control enables simple and intuitive robot programming and control and an easy entry into automation. Due to the modular design, different robot kinematics can be controlled, for example, delta robots, linear robots and multi-axis joint robots. The software can be used to simulate the individual movements of the robot on the 3D interface - the robot does not need to be connected for this step.

  • Simple connection between robot and controller
  • Digital Twin enables direct execution and checking of the motion sequences
  • Camera interface configuration directly via control system and software possible
  • Programming of drylin® delta robots and drylin® linear robots, as well as robolink® DP articulated arm robots
  • Free software enables risk-free testing
 
System requirements:
  • PC with Windows 10 operating system
  • Free USB 2.0 port, Ethernet port,
  • 500 MB storage space

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Robot programming with iRC
Programming of a robolink DP articulated arm robot with igus Robot Control.

Defining robot commands with teach-in programming

For simple and complicated movements

The so-called "teach-in programming" of the robot takes place in the following steps:
 
1. Move the robot manually to the desired positions that you want to register and save.
 
2. Register the positions and define how they should be moved (linear, joint motion, base orientation or tool orientation).
 
3. Repeat these steps until you have created the desired motion profile. You can also complete the programme with commands via digital inputs and outputs or programme flow commands. The integrated programme editor is available for setting up and editing the programmes. Try it for yourself.

System overview

The standard robot system consists of three components:

  • Robot; depending on the application as articulated arm robot, delta robot or drylin® linear robot.
  • Robot control system: as a switch cabinet or top-hat (DIN) rail version; the closed switch cabinet with integrated control system protects the control system from environmental influences such as dust or moisture, in addition a fan provides the necessary cooling.
  • Control system software with graphical user interface and digital twin of the robot kinematics.

igus® Robot Control enables two system configurations as standard:

Configuration A:

Robot control system with handheld display

Robot control system programmable via a Windows PC, optionally with handheld display

The robot is controlled by a control element or alternatively by a Windows PC. The robot can be programmed via a graphical user interface. You can also connect a game pad to your Windows computer for the control system as an alternative to the handheld. With this version, the robot runs autonomously without the computer after programming via the Windows computer.

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Configuration B:

Programming and control via Windows PC

Programming and control via Windows PC

Both the robot programming and the control system of the robot operates via a Windows PC. The modular control system is connected to the PC via a USB-CAN adapter. This configuration system is often chosen in educational institutions. The Windows computer must be permanently connected for this version.

Downloads

Operating instructions igus® Robot Control with robolink® DP
Operating instructions igus® Robot Control with drylin® linear robots

System compatibility and data transfer for more flexibility

Plugin interface: igus Robot Control provides a plug-in interface. It makes it possible to connect, for example, image processing systems or PLC components. With various defined functions, the plug-ins represent a bridge between programme execution in the control system software and external systems. For example, integrated cameras can automatically transmit target positions to the robot control system. The plug-ins can be provided by igus®, or they can be created on a project-specific basis.
 
PLC interface: The PLC interface (PLC = Programmable Logic Controller) allows the robot to be integrated into a production system controlled by a PLC. In most cases this is done via digital inputs and outputs. In this way, the robot can be controlled without manual interaction.
It is also possible to connect a third-party control panel to robots with a push button to simplify manual control.
 
Ethernet connection: the Ethernet connection of the modular control system enables the connection of the igus® Robot Control with application-specific algorithms, such as a teleoperation system or a database. This is guaranteed via a CRI Ethernet interface.
 

Interface_configuration Camera interface configuration possible directly via control system and software. In this way the desired positions are transferred directly from the camera to the robot.
Robot_protective measures

Virtual box

Programming assistance through definition of the permitted movement range

The virtual box settings limit the range of movement of the robot arm. This functionality helps to avoid mechanical damage and simplifies programming according to the application. If a programme is executed that violates the virtual box, it is stopped with an error message.


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