Virtual Teach Pendent Interface for Android Cellphone

Paper #:
  • 2017-01-0287

Published:
  • 2017-03-28
Abstract:
The objective of this research is to develop a Virtual Teach Pendent for Android Cellphone (VTPAC) that is able to communicate with the robot model at the Visual Components software. The VTPAC is a force multiplier that allows users to gain valuable teach pendant experience in labs with few robots, and makes the actual real-world robot time more valuable. It is also like a graduated driver license where the student must prove some proficiency with the VTPAC before being allowed to get behind the wheel. The VTPAC will be used to operate the real robot system too and will allow people to be trained without using real robotic systems in very safe environment. The VTPAC can be used for industrial training and can be integrated in the academic programs, especially for on-line courses. In this research the Fanuc LR Mate 200iC robot has been selected as a case study. An industrial robot is normally composed by the robot arm and a robot controller which communicate with the robot using the Teach Pendent. In this research, the Visual Components software has been used as a second interface similar to the real Fanuc LR Mate 200iC robot. This interface can control the robot the same way as the robot Teach Pendant in the real world. Using the robot kinematic theory to understand the Teach Pendent commands, the code was developed such that respects the operating mode of the robot and all the security operations needed. For the VTPAC development we used Python language to communicate with the Visual Components software to work as a client for the software. This can allow users to utilize his own cellphone as the teach pendant and the software as the real robot, having a more real experience in safe environment. The VTPAC has been implemented and tested successfully.
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