Machine tending is one of the most common industrial situations for collaborative robots (cobots) and we are frequently brought in to discuss them with customers. In this video, we are on site with a current customer to demonstrate how we used a Universal Robot to tend their CNC machine. This should highlight the cobot’s flexibility and quick time to deployment for a variety of applications.
I will walk you through a step-by-step set up for the Universal Robot so you know what it takes to get it up and running. But first, there is one programming concept I would like to explain. The Universal Robot is capable of performing 3 different types of moves. A MoveJ, or joint move, which moves the robot from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible. A MoveL, or linear move, that moves the robot in a straight line from point A to point B. And a MoveP, or process move, that keeps the robot moving at constant speed and acceleration. This move type also allows the user to perform a circular move.
For this machine tending example, we will only need to utilize the MoveJ and MoveL. The MoveJ will be used for our larger moves and the MoveL will be used for picking and placing to make sure we are directly in line with the pick and place locations.