Galli did not have any experience and touch points in the implementation of robotics applications up to that point. Therefore, Universal Robots recommended Roberto Verduci, R&D Manager at Galli, to take a look at the programming software ArtiMinds Robot Programming Suite (RPS). He quickly realized what a great time saver and simplifier the intuitive, function block-based graphical programming was. He explains, “The software is so intuitive to use that we didn’t need to take any training.” Thanks to ArtiMinds, Galli was able to complete the project, from design to programming to implementation, without an external integrator.
“ArtiMinds RPS offers a wide range of predefined templates and features that guide and support the programmer to program even complex applications independently. Since the software generates native robot code, one is absolutely flexible at all times and can, for example, also make changes directly on the robot,” explains Verduci.
Thanks to the CAD2Path function of ArtiMinds RPS the problem of varying geometries can be easily solved. Instead of time-consuming teach-in of all points with the robot, (geometrically complex) profiles can be imported from CAD models and the software automatically generates the exact robot path from this. But it is not only this feature that leads to considerable time savings in the programming phase: “Auxiliary functions such as wizards simplify the parameterization of the individual function blocks. Thanks to the 3D simulation environment, it is possible to perform collision and reachability analyses already in the planning phase and in offline mode.”
Robot-based automation of processes previously carried out manually by the operator has increased productivity and produced a consistent quality result that, overall, was even higher than before. The use of robots also has positive effects in terms of personnel resources: Because the operator can now, on the one hand, ensure the smooth operation of the machine without much effort and, in parallel, take care of new and more important processes for which highly qualified know-how is required.
According to Verduci, there is no comparable alternative to the ArtiMinds Robot Programming Suite: “With ArtiMinds, on the other hand, we found a really helpful tool with a convincing price-performance ratio.”