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ArtiMinds Learning & Analytics for Robots - Comensation of tolerances and process optimization

April 21, 2021

Optimization of robot applications with ArtiMinds LAR

In the field of robotics, the requirements for positioning accuracy are highly demanding. Tolerances of components or workpieces increase the cycle time of robotic applications and make them error-prone. With the software ArtiMinds Learning & Analytics for Robots (LAR), processes with tolerances can be analyzed specifically and the robot program can be optimized based on the acquired sensor data. This significantly increases process reliability.

Our new video shows how this looks in practice.

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ArtiMinds Robotics - The solution for electronics assembly robot applications

April 9, 2021

Electronics assembly: Robustly automate precise handling of sensitive components

Do you want to automate the assembly of connectors, cables, printed circuit boards or the insertion of THT components with robots? With ArtiMinds RPS, you can easily generate sensor-based robust robot programs and teach your robot how to precisely handle sensitive components.

ArtiMinds Robotics – Industrieroboter flexibel und einfach mit RPS & LAR programmieren

April 8, 2021

New ArtiMinds download and press section

Do you already know the new download and press area of ArtiMinds? In addition to the free UR Cap plugin ArtiMinds Essentials and helpful information material, you will also find current publications and reports about ArtiMinds in the trade press as well as an overview of our current TechTips. So it’s worth taking a look.

Create a List Loop template

April 1, 2021

TechTip: Programming via Lists and CSV Data

Do you want to connect your robot program to external data sources, for example, to move the robot to different positions specified from an external program?
Our latest TechTip shows how to handle and create lists in ArtiMinds RPS and program loop executions in the context of lists.

ArtiMinds RPS Release Version 1.11

March 29, 2021

Release of ArtiMinds RPS 1.11

The latest ArtiMinds RPS version 1.11 is now available for installation. The major changes include highlights such as the support of KUKA KR50 R2500, added documentation for ‘Move to Point’ template and the added function to copy the curve force settings from another curve (CAD2Path+Force).

You can find the entire changelog with all changes and bug fixes in the ArtiMinds RPS directory.

ArtiMinds Robotics - easily solve demanding applications like ribbon cable assembly with ArtiMinds

March 18, 2021

CEO Sven Schmidt-Rohr guest of Robot Thought Leaders

How are teleoperations changing how we do business? What plans has your company implemented to use this technology?

These and more questions ArtiMinds` CEO Sven Schmidt-Rohr was asked when talking to Robot Though Leaders, a US podcast interviewing the individuals and companies that are driving change in the industrial robot automation world. In more than one hour they discussed topics like teleoperations, AI & Deep Learning, the future of Automation but also talked about how ArtiMinds was founded and Sven´s extensive robotics background and much more.
You can watch and hear the complete podcast session on YouTube.

ArtiMinds Robotics - easily solve demanding applications like ribbon cable assembly with ArtiMinds

March 16, 2021

On-demand webinar Solving sensor-based robot applications using hybrid programming

Would you like to know how you can realize demanding robot applications robustly, e.g. using hybrid programming? During our last webinar series, we recorded an event that now can be accessed on-demand for free at any time.

In a live demo on a real robot you will learn about the advantages if online and offline programming merge seamlessly and why you should rely on hybrid programming when it comes to sensor-based robot applications. In addition, we will show you how sensor technology can be used intelligently in this context.

ArtiMinds Robotics - easily solve demanding applications like ribbon cable assembly with ArtiMinds

March 10, 2021

ArtiMinds has been selected for the 2021 German AI Startup Landscape

Once again ArtiMinds has been included in this year´s German AI Startup landscape as on of the top startups in the manufacturing industry area.  Companies like NVIDIA and google as well as nine leading Venture Capital companies screen more than 1000 startups every year to find the best AI startups in Germany. The landscape is then published in Handelsblatt.

ArtiMinds Robotics - easily solve demanding applications like ribbon cable assembly with ArtiMinds

March 3, 2021

Best Practice: Ribbon cable assembly – programmed with ArtiMinds RPS

Ribbon cables are increasingly used in electrical devices. Since the gripping and insertion of non-rigid parts requires a lot of dexterity, this process is usually carried out manually. In order to automate the plugging of ribbon cables using robots, ArtiMinds has developed a vacuum gripper concept which allows to grasp the ribbon cable from a defined position. The “spike search” algorithm helps to compensate tolerances. The plug of the cable is then guided into the socket using force-control.

Our new video shows how this looks in practice.

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ArtiMinds Robotics - Easy Integration of ArtiMinds RPS in existing robotics projects

February 25, 2021

FAQ: Is it possible to integrate ArtiMinds RPS in (already existing) robotics projects?

When companies think about using ArtiMinds RPS they often, of course, do have already existing robotics projects or robot applications. Therefore, we are often asked:

“Do we have to adapt existing robotics applications to use ArtiMinds RPS or how can I integrate ArtiMinds into (ongoing) robotics projects?”

Since you do not necessarily have to create the complete robot program with ArtiMinds RPS, but can also generate only special sub-processes, while other parts are programmed “classically”, the ArtiMinds software solutions can be integrated into existing processes and projects without any problems. Therefore, no changes to your existing robot applications are necessary.
On the contrary: ArtiMinds enables you to integrate robots into your production processes even more flexibly and independently.

If you would like to carry out a feasibility study or if you need solution-oriented project support, our Automation Engineering Team with its many years of experience in robotics projects is always available to advise you.

ArtiMinds Robotics - Easy PLC communication via ArtiMinds RPS

February 22, 2021

Case Story Mann+Hummel: 2d bin picking – vision system integration made easy

At Mann+Hummel’s plant in Speyer, Germany, the loading of a screen printing machine with air/oil separators was to be automated. Position detection was to be handled by an image-processing vision sensor from SensoPart connected to the robot.

Thanks to ArtiMinds RPS, not only the programming effort but also the setup effort for the vision system was minimized. Thanks to the internal RPS interface, data can be transferred to the robot in a simple and standardized way.

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ArtiMinds Robotics - Easy PLC communication via ArtiMinds RPS

February 12, 2021

FAQ: Is it possible to communicate with the PLC via ArtiMinds RPS?

“We already have a PLC standard. Is it possible to communicate with the PLC via ArtiMinds RPS?”

We are asked this question very often. And the answer is quite clearly YES.
A robot program created with ArtiMinds RPS can communicate with a PLC via various communication protocols (Ethernet, Ethercat, Modbus, Profinet IO). This happens with our digital IO modules, with which e.g. BOOL or INT signals can be sent and received. This means that complex protocols such as a handshake for order processing can be programmed or data such as tray positions can be exchanged.
If the same protocol sections are used several times in the RPS program, it is not necessary to reassemble them each time. You can save and reuse them as a custom template.
If you already have a robot code for PLC communication, it can also be easily inserted into the RPS. In addition, it is possible to visualize fictitious PLC signals and the associated processes in the simulation.

You can solve nearly every conceivable application with ArtiMinds. In our application area and on YouTube you will find several application videos to learn more.

Offline programming with ArtiMinds RPS

February 8, 2021

Continuous online and offline programming with ArtiMinds RPS

How does programming of industrial robots with ArtiMinds RPS look like? It needs just three steps:

  • create the sequence of the program by drag and drop
  • teach points and parameterize templates
  • simulate the application and execute the automatically generated robot code directly on the robot controller

Our new product video gives a comprehensive overview about programming with ArtiMinds RPS and shows additionally how, beyond simple handling tasks, the software can be used to even implement sophisticated applications, regardless of the hardware set up consisting of the robot manufacturer and required peripheral devices.

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Robot controller approach for programming robots

February 4, 2021

Programming industrial robots: via native language or external controller?

In robotics, there are two fundamentally different approaches to programming a robot for its individual task:
either via the respective native programming language or through the implementation of an external proprietary controller which controls the robot fine-granularly. These controllers are typically implemented with the help of the Robot Operating System (ROS).

Both approaches have their respective advantages – and disadvantages. In the current blog post we will take a closer look at these.

IFR Robot Density in the manufacturing industry 2019

February 2, 2021

IFR: 2.7 Million robots work in factories around the globe

Germany remains the main user in Europe

According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), about 2.7 million industrial robots were installed around the world in 2019 – an increase of 12%. This is a worldwide increase of 85% within five years (2014-2019).

With 221,500 industrial robots (346 per 10,000 employees), Germany is by far the largest market in Europe.

Asia remains the strongest market. The share of newly installed robots in Asia was about two thirds of global supply.

IFR President Milton Guerry is not yet willing to commit the impact of the Corona pandemic for the global economy. However, the federation also sees a great chance for modernization and digitalization of production on the way to recovery.

Source: IFR

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Release ArtiMinds RPS Version 1.10 - Highlights and changes

February 1, 2021

Release of ArtiMinds RPS 1.10

The latest ArtiMinds RPS version 1.10 is now available for installation. The major changes include highlights such as the support of ABB robots with IRC5 controller, the new ‘Wait’ template and the CAD2Path+Force functionality to generate force-controlled paths.

You can find the entire changelog with all changes and bug fixes in the ArtiMinds RPS directory.

Grinding surface with pressure

January 18, 2021

Fast set up of automated grinding processes using ArtiMinds RPS and ArtiMinds LAR

For a customer project, SHL, an expert in the development of flexible robotic cells in the field of surface finishing, was asked to carry out trials for the automated grinding of medical disinfectors. SHL decided to carry out a project with ArtiMinds Robotics to test the suitability of force/torque sensors for the required adaption of the system.

Screenshot Prüfung mit Ausschlag auf Echograph

January 7, 2021

Robot-supported ultrasonic defect testing and quality control

Using ultrasonic, defects in components and inhomogeneities can be located. Robot-supported automation can reduce test costs and test time and make measurements reproducible. ArtiMinds RPS supports companies in programming a force controlled application with less effort and in automating path planning for complex components.

Logo mit Weihnachtsmütze

December 19, 2020

Season Greetings

In this challenging year, we would like to thank you for your trust and the good cooperation and we wish you and your family a happy holiday season as well as a healthy and successful start into the new year 2021!

“Happiness often comes from paying attention to small things,
often misfortune is caused by neglecting small things.”
Wilhelm Busch

Kind regards, Your ArtiMinds team

E-Paper Robot Programming

November 19, 2020

Hardware independent robot programming

Force/torque sensors are proven tools in many robot applications, e.g. to compensate manufacturing
tolerances or wear and thereby increasing the robustness. For this purpose, robot manufacturers offer
extensive technology packages for their controllers, but their use requires special expertise and extensive
programming knowledge.
With ArtiMinds RPS +Force you can implement robot applications with force/torque sensors in a very short time, even without special knowledge. Since the robot code is generated automatically and, during online mode, there is a direct connection to the robot controller, you can test solution approaches such as probing, searching for holes or torque balancing live on the robot without high programming effort – and thus save a lot of time during process development.
ArtiMinds RPS +Force supports a wide range of force/torque sensors and offers over 25 tailored building blocks and wizards, as well as the extension of the robot’s live data with sensor measurement data.
The ArtiMinds e-paper shows which manufacturers, force/torque sensors and grippers are supported.

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November 9, 2020

Release of ArtiMinds RPS 1.9.9

The latest ArtiMinds RPS version 1.9.9 is now available for installation. The major changes include highlights such as the integration of three new KUKA robot models as well as the implementation of two new templates (Switch template and Dialog builder template).

You can find the entire changelog with all changes and bug fixes in the ArtiMinds RPS directory.

Polishing Surface

November 06, 2020

Special webinar issue surface processing

On December 1 and 2 we are offering new free webinars focussing on “robot-supported surface processing” as special topic. With reference to industrial practical examples, we show the challenges in grinding, polishing and deburring and how these processes can  be automated easily and robustly with robots.

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November 04, 2020

New ArtiMinds FAQ section

In our new FAQ section we answer the most important questions about the ArtiMinds software solutions, our services, applications and technical requirements.

Kunde BSH

October 22, 2020

B/S/H presentation on Integrated Robtics and Assembly Planning

From 3 to 4 November Siemens is organizing a digital event called “Realize Live Europe”. The focus of this event is to learn more about approaches and innovations that drive digital transformation.

ArtiMinds customer B/S/H, one of the leading home appliance manufacturers worldwide, will be talking about how B/S/H realizes a higher process efficiency through integrated robotics and assembly planning and which role ArtiMinds plays in this context.
As a Siemens partner ArtiMinds, Siemens and B/S/H are working very closely and successfully together since several years.

Find more information on the event website.

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October 2, 2020

Why ArtiMinds – our software at a glance

ArtiMinds RPS and LAR support the user in all phases of his robot application, from planning and programming to commissioning and operation.

Our new infographics show how ArtiMinds can be consistently integrated into new and existing automation systems as well, what added value and advantages the software creates and how you can still remain independent in your work and processes.

2020_09_Omron Tutorial

September 14, 2020

New video tutorial: Setting up an OMRON FHV smart camera

With the new release V1.9.7 the OMRON FHV smart cameras for universal robots are supported. Find out how to configure the OMRON camera for your robot application with ArtiMinds RPS in our new video tutorial.

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September 14, 2020

Release of ArtiMinds RPS 1.9.7

The latest ArtiMinds RPS version 1.9.7 is now available for installation. The major changes include highlights such as the extension of the supported hardware by OMRON FHV smart cameras, the possibility to blend between additional motion types and the visualization of “blended” 3D paths.

You can find the entire changelog with all changes and bug fixes in the ArtiMinds RPS directory.

Fig. 2: Select TCP

September 1, 2020

TechTip CAD2Path: Why the orientation of the TCP is important, that all points can be reached

The CAD2Path feature allows to import CAD models into ArtiMinds RPS, thereby minimizing the programming effort for components with complex geometries.

What can you do if a point theoretically in reach of the robot is still marked as not reachable after the path import? Our current TechTip shows how you can solve this accessibility problem in just a few steps and what role the orientation of the TCP plays.

Tutorial Calibration CAD2Path

August 21, 2020

New tutorial: Calibration of a 3D CAD model to the real work piece

This tutorial shows how to match the position of the real work piece with the path generated via the CAD2Path function in ArtiMinds RPS. Thanks to the combination of online and offline programming the exact position of the 3D CAD model can easily be calibrated in a few steps.
This approach can also be used for the calibration of 3D models in general, e.g. for workplace digitization.

E-Paper Robot Programming

August 14, 2020

New ArtiMinds e-paper: Standardized robot programming

Since ArtiMinds is compatible with numerous industrial robots, force-torque sensors, grippers and vision systems, you are able to program your robot application independently of manufacturers and you remain flexible in the selection of the hardware that suites best for your needs. Robot programs created with ArtiMinds can also be transferred to another robot at any time.

How does consistent and standardized programming with ArtiMinds work?
The e-paper gives an overview of the supported robots and peripheral devices and provides information on the products and their fields of application.

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August 5, 2020

Release of ArtiMinds RPS 1.9.6

The latest ArtiMinds RPS version 1.9.6 is now available for installation. The major changes include highlights such as the possibility to add (individual) names and types of motion templates to the generated code and the addition of  new builders templates for setting and reading variables.

You can find the entire changelog with all changes and bug fixes in the ArtiMinds RPS directory.

Plugging in flexible cables - robot-based force-controlled cable insertion

July 16, 2020

Standardized robot programming

Today, robots can already do more than one might think. You just have to “teach them.” But it is exactly this teaching, i.e. robot programming, that is the reason why many companies shy away from using robots. Small and medium-sized companies dread the large programming effort, while large companies are always troubled by the lack of standardization.
How can you overcome these hurdles?

CAD Robot Programming

June 29, 2020

TechTip CAD2Path: Avoiding incorrect calculations of the surface normals

The CAD2Path feature minimizes the programming effort for components with complex geometries and allows you to import CAD models into ArtiMinds RPS. Depending on the shape of an object errors may occur if the automatic calculation assumes an incorrect reference surface.

Our current TechTip shows how this can be easily avoided.

Free Robotics Seminar

June 23, 2020

New online seminar dates: automating with robots

Would you like to produce more efficiently and automate industrial processes with robots?
Then our free online seminar series “Automating with robots” offers you first helpful insights and tips.

Software Realease Intuitive Robot Programming

June 17, 2020

Release of ArtiMinds RPS 1.9.4

The latest ArtiMinds RPS version 1.9.4 is now available for installation. The major changes include highlights like the addition of  the new template “Move to Point”, the addition of a second simulation function as well as the improvement of the link between Cartesian key positions of templates and 3D points in the Point Tool.

You can find the entire changelog with all changes and bug fixes in the ArtiMinds RPS directory.

CAD robot programming simulation

June 10, 2020

Traversing complex paths with little programming effort

Would you like to deburr, polish or apply adhesive to components with complex geometries with a robot? The CAD2Path feature reduces the programming effort required for such applications to a minimum by allowing you to import CAD models of the part into the ArtiMinds Robot Programming Suite (RPS). The software then automatically extracts the model’s edges.
After the desired path has been selected, it can be modified and the curve parameters can be set, i.e. the specification of how the TCP should move around the object. Finally, the (complex) trajectory is imported effortlessly into the robot program as a path.
The CAD2Path feature supports the formats STEP, IGES, BREP as well as BINBREP.

May 28, 2020

New Case Story of ZF Friedrichshafen

Program and simulate robot applications independently of manufacturers, reduce maintenance costs and alleviate the lack of skilled workforces.

ZF, one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide, explains in our new best practice use case how they succeed thanks to ArtiMinds.

RPS Release 1.9.3

May 11, 2020

Release of ArtiMinds RPS 1.9.3

The latest ArtiMinds RPS version 1.9.3 is now available for installation. The major changes include highlights like the extension of of the hardware support for KUKA, Zimmer, ATI and UR eSeries as well as the extension of the wizward for the Grid template.

You can find the entire changelog with all changes and bug fixes in the ArtiMinds RPS directory.

Free Robotics Webinars

May 1, 2020

Free Webinars: automating with robots

Would you like to produce more efficiently and automate industrial processes with robots?
Then our free webinar series “Automating with robots” offers you first helpful insights and tips.

ArtiMinds RPS Simulation

April 10, 2020

Robot cell design via manipulability calculation

When designing a robot cell, it is essential to be able to simulate which points can´t be reached by a robot and which points may be difficult to reach. The ArtiMinds RPS feature manipulability calculation supports the user by color-coding the degree of how good an individual point can be reached by the TCP.

automatica Messe

March 27, 2020

automatica is postponed – new date in December 2020

The trade fair for robotics and automation will be postponed due to the current corona situation and will take place from 8 to 11 December 2020. ArtiMinds Robotics is looking forward to welcoming you in Munich in hall C6, booth 306.

Visomax Success Story robot automation

March 23, 2020

Best Practice: force controlled polishing with robots

Visomax Coating GmbH has developed a solution to automate the force-controlled polishing of painted surfaces with robots using ArtiMinds RPS.

ArtiMinds RPS Release 1.9

February 21, 2020

Release of ArtiMinds RPS 1.9

The latest ArtiMinds RPS version 1.9 is now available for installation. The major changes include highlights like a permanently visible help window on the right hand side of the screen, which will dynamically display entries of the ArtiMinds RPS online help depending on the current user interaction and support of Fanuc iRVision cameras.

You can find the entire changelog with all changes and bug fixes in the ArtiMinds RPS directory.

CS Wibus Systems ArtiMinds RPS

February 10, 2020

Cooperation of ArtiMinds with Wibu-Systems

ArtiMinds uses CodeMeter to protect and license the Robot Programming Suite software. In a video interview, CEO Dr. Sven Schmidt-Rohr explains where he sees the advantages of the cooperation with Wibu-Systems.