Industrial robots get motion planning automation – IoT World Today

The RapidPlan package allows assembly line robots to be programmed without long physical validation stops

Autonomous motion planning and collision avoidance software company Realtime Robotics recently unveiled its RapidPlan program, which autonomously choreographs the movement of industrial robots without the need to manually program each one.

The process of organizing the motion paths of each industrial robot can take up to months of painstaking engineering time depending on the number of units programmed, the number of tasks they need to perform, and whether users depart from zero or modify existing configurations, according to Realtime. .

RapidPlan instead provides a software environment where users select robots and target points to visualize their task plans, which are then translated into real motion by real robots on an assembly or execution line. According to the company, cell modeling, job scheduling, scheduling, and operations are all handled by the same workflow tool, reducing the need for robots to be downtime for long periods of physical validation on site.

“Optimizing the efficiency of your industrial and factory operations should not be held back by technical barriers,” said George Konidaris, co-founder of Realtime. “We specifically designed RapidPlan to provide an accurate simulation of robot job planning, making it easier to program models and use them right on the factory floor, but did it in a way that streamlined the process and made technology easy to use for everything.”

Along with the deployment of RapidPlan, Realtime announced partnerships with an industrial robot manufacturer Kawasaki robotics and Mitsubishi electric automation.

Realtime and Kawasaki have partnered on several projects, including the deployment of Kawasaki machines at a major automaker. By using RapidPlan, the manufacturer said it reduced the pre-production engineering commissioning process by 70 percent.

“Today’s automakers have no time or people to waste,” said Realtime CEO Peter Howard. “Factories and all related actions must be constantly optimized in order to maintain a competitive edge and continue to deliver excellent products to customers. »

Mitsubishi Electric, which makes the controllers, motors and interfaces used in many industrial robotics, plans to use Rapidplan to speed up the programming and control of the applications it produces.

“Realtime Robotics’ technology has the ability to accelerate deployment, operations and production for manufacturers, helping to improve their cost structures and time to market,” said Patrick Varley, Product Marketing Manager for mechatronics at Mitsubishi Electric. “It is through collaboration with the most innovative technology providers that we can truly be ‘better together’.”

All three companies had demo booths at the recent Automate 2022 convention in Detroit.

Mavis R. Bernier