With Robotmaster, manufacturers can program robots quickly and efficiently, using industry proven CAD/CAM robotics software technology. Driven by the growing trend towards lean and flexible manufacturing, robots are progressively replacing conventional dedicated manufacturing units, such as CNC milling machines. Robots, once perceived as only positioning devices, have advanced in accuracy and rigidity, and are now being used increasingly for manufacturing and material removal. With industrial robotics, manufacturers are producing higher quality products at lower cost, and are achieving the speed and flexibility they need to challenge their competitors throughout the world.
According to the International Federation of Robotics as of 2013 over 1.5 million robots were estimated to be in operation in industrial applications worldwide, and an additional 160,000 are being sold every year. While many companies currently using CNC machines have been exploring the opportunity of manufacturing robots with the use of industrial robotics, they have been limited by a lack of time and cost-effective robotic programming tools. Currently less than 1% of robots are programmed using CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacturing) software because of a lack of mature robotic programming solutions. Robotmaster eliminates this barrier.
Our strong background in CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software has enabled us to bring a revolutionary approach to programming for industrial robotics. Unlike the wide range of simulation software packages that claim to be off-line programming for robots while truly only offering very limited programming capability, Robotmaster delivers easy robotic programming of precise tool motion control and quick generation of long tool path trajectories with minimal programmer intervention.
Robotmaster uses mature CAD/CAM software technologies for robotic programming with the same flexibility and speed as software used for programming CNC machine tools. Conventional off-line robot software programming solutions are based on either a very cumbersome and tedious point to point programming approach or a post-processor solution that offers very little flexibility and functionality.
Robotmaster seamlessly integrates programming, simulation and program generation to any CAD/CAM platform. The multi-software approach of conventional off-line robot software solutions forces the use of one software for CAD/CAM programming, another for converting trajectories to robot positions and finally a third to simulate and validate the programmed trajectories.
Using MANUAL TEACH PENDANTS, robots "learn" from the operator jogging the robot through the trajectory and recording points, one point at a time, using the robot's teach pendant. Robotmaster takes the process off-line and engineers the robot program from the design drawings.
OFF-LINE EMULATORS reproduce the manual teach process in an off-line setting, using a simulation software environment in place of the robot's teach pendant. Robotmaster follows the path-intensive CAD model accurately and automatically and permits easy updating and revision of the program.
GENERATION 1 OFF-LINE SOFTWARE provides a CAD software environment for manual input of robot parameters for every point of a desired path, one at a time, on a CAD model. Robotmaster automatically generates the full robot trajectory from any CAD/CAM tool path strategy in a fraction of the time.
GENERATION 2 OFF-LINE SOFTWARE generates a robot trajectory by following trajectories drawn manually within a CAD modelling software. Robotmaster automatically generates the full robot trajectory from any CAD/CAM tool path strategy, building direct links between the CAD model and the tool path, without the need to manually draw any additional geometry.
A CAD/CAM POINT CONVERTER is a CAD/CAM post processor, robot simulator utility or standalone software that converts tool path output by CAD/CAM software into a robot trajectory for a specific model or brand of robot. Robotmaster is a fully integrated solution that permits seamless interaction between CAD/CAM and robot programming functionality, allowing trajectory optimization and integrated robot kinematics and simulation for a wide portfolio of robot models and brands.
Struggling how to program a robot the way you do a CNC machine tool? Robotmaster is up to the challenge:
Robotmaster automatically checks programs for joint limits, robot reach limitations and collisions.
Robotmaster inherently calculates robot joint values and properly sets parameters to give seamless program playback without manual intervention.
Robotmaster uses automated settings for orienting the robot tool to manage trajectories with complex orientation changes.
Robotmaster checks for singularity and has powerful tools to correct programs containing singularities.
Robotmaster can vary configurations for optimal programming of trajectories or follow your specific robot configuration choice.
Robotmaster eliminates adjustments and increases program accuracy by calibrating the physical part and tool setup with the virtual CAD model.