Machine tending software
ABB's RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac and RobotWare Machine Tending software allow for simulation and optimization in a virtual testing environment, allowing the results to be transferred to a real-world situation.
ABB's robotic machine tending software is designed for everything from die-casting to injection molding and machining. The PC-based RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac and the controller-based RobotWare Machine Tending software allow for simulation, validation and optimization to be completed in the 3D virtual world and then transferred directly to the real-world. Everything from cycle times to post processing capabilities to potential risks for collisions can be simulated virtually before costly mistakes are made on the factory floor.
RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac is an add-on for RobotStudio, ABB’s PC-based programming tool. It provides a platform for quick, easy creation and editing of machine tending robot cells in a 3D virtual environment. It features a library of common grippers and station types - and built-in support for most machines and peripheral equipment. In addition, safety is simplified with the capability to define safe home position movements in a virtual environment.
RobotWare Machine Tending is designed to be an effective, standalone, controller-based, programming, configuration and operation tool, but is also tightly integrated with the RobotStudio Machine Tending PowerPac. An intuitive and customizable graphical user interface allows for easy production monitoring and control, as well as automatic program and part selection. Although the interface has been designed so that less skilled personnel can control most common tasks, the software also provides unlimited access to powerful rapid coding tools for more advanced users.
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