Intuitive teaching of robots using a sensor driven and cognition enabled framework
Several software applications that both ensure economically efficient use (SME-Trainer in exhibit no. 5) and provide the necessary functionalities for SME-compatible robots will be integrated into all seven exhibits. This includes planners that generate robot programs (e.g. Assembly Planner and Grasp Planner, as can be seen below) as well as software modules for the intelligent integration of different automation components (in exhibit no.1 and exhibit no. 6).
Assembly Planner and Grasp Planner
Assembly planning and grasp planning are two important components for successful automation of manufacturing processes. DLR develops within the SMErobotics project new methods for planning that support the end-user at setting up robotic applications. The assembly sequence planner is able to automatically generate feasible sequences from CAD data. The sequences can be directly transformed to robot programs, enabling a fast and easy automation for new products. Moreover, the assembly sequence planner supports product designers to investigate the geometric feasibility of new products.
Grasp planning attends importance during the planning stage of new robotic work cells. The grasp planner decides how to hold an object or an assembly with a certain gripper. Given shapes and physical data of objects, a database of various possible grasps is created automatically. The so obtained database contains grasps whose robustness is verified with virtual simulations that reproduce real-world effects on the object and the robot. Its application ranges from two finger grippers to robotic hands.
Analyse new products for their geometric feasibility regarding automated assembly processes
Investigate the possibility to maintain and repair products through planning
Analyse the capabilities of grippers regarding products
Software components of assembly sequence planning and grasp planning
Possibility to analyze new products regarding automation processes
Grasp planning for various grippers
Robot manufactures can analyse new products and gain feasible assembly sequences
New grippers can be analysed regarding their capabilities
Please download a fact sheet about the Assembly Planner and Grasp Planner which contains the above mentioned exhibit details (in PDF format). This fact sheet will also be distributed at the AUTOMATICA 2014 trade fair.