The robot simulation software, Robologix (based on FANUC LR Mate series robots), provides access to a range of industrial robots including Cartesian and SCARA designs and includes various end effectors. Students gain practical, "hands on" programming of an industrial robot through a combination of teach-pendant programming, and 3D simulated environments. These environments include pick and place, spray painting and spot and arc welding.
The RoboLogix programming environment provides a very realistic simulation of control systems using robotic equipment. The ability to preview the behavior of a robotic system in a "virtual" world allows for a variety of mechanisms, devices, configurations and controllers to be tried and tested by students before being exposed to "real world" systems. RoboLogix receives control signals, determines if contact or collision between objects in the system has occurred, and returns simulated sensor information as feedback. This system has the capacity of real-time simulation of the motion of an industrial robot through 3D animation. The principles of 3D motion simulation and both geometry modeling and kinematics modeling are presented in the RoboLogix virtual environment.
RoboLogix Simulation Software includes:
- User-friendly 3D interface allows for “real-world” simulation
- Four 3D environments include pick and place, paint, arc welding and spot welding
- Test and de-bug programs in a safe, non-hazardous environment
- Perform accurate robot simulations to verify reach, cycle time, through-put, etc.
- Design or edit robotic programs without tying up programming time on an actual robot
- Compare robotics programs to optimize cycle times
- Enter modify and retrieve programs using a simulated tech penchant/control panel
- The Paint, Spot and Arc welding applications employ a 'Point to point' and 'Path' definition instructions allowing for both online and offline programming approaches
- Save position option allows the user to save desired locations that they navigate to using the teach pendants JOG buttons
- Five camera views and zoom function to 'move' inside each 3D environment
- 60 lab project presented in four 3D applications