Offline pro­gram­ming & sim­u­la­tion with ArtiMinds RPS

Pro­gram robots and sim­u­late appli­ca­tions – without pro­duc­tion downtime

ArtiMinds offers an inno­v­a­tive and con­tin­uous approach for plan­ning, pro­gram­ming and main­te­nance of flex­ible robot-sup­ported automa­tion solu­tions, that saves you money and time – without having to write a single line of com­plex source code. Pro­gram your appli­ca­tion offline on a PC without robot hard­ware, and visu­alize the robot’s motion in the 3D sim­u­la­tion envi­ron­ment to per­form reach­a­bility tests and col­li­sion checks. A spe­cial fea­ture is the seam­less switch between online and offline pro­gram­ming that is pos­sible at any time. Stay ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion with ArtiMinds RPS. 

Robot appli­ca­tions typ­i­cally go through three phases: Plan­ning and pro­gram­ming, com­mis­sioning and oper­a­tion, and main­te­nance and opti­miza­tion. Each phase involves spe­cific steps that can be more easily imple­mented either online or offline, depending on the task at hand.Since the phases merge seam­lessly and involve dif­ferent tasks, seam­less data transfer and good coor­di­na­tion are essen­tial. The inno­v­a­tive robotics soft­ware ArtiMinds RPS com­bines online and offline pro­gram­ming with a new con­tin­uous approach.

Offline pro­gram­ming – Your benefits

To pro­gram your robot offline no real hard­ware set-up is nec­es­sary. Pro­gram­ming is only done in a sim­u­la­tion envi­ron­ment. The advan­tage is clear: pro­duc­tion processes do not have to be inter­rupted, i.e. offline pro­gram­ming reduces pro­duc­tion down­times com­pared to pro­gram­ming robots only online directly in the pro­duc­tion envi­ron­ment. In the sim­u­la­tion envi­ron­ment, the robot’s work­space can be dig­i­tally visu­al­ized as exactly as pos­sible using CAD data. For com­po­nents with com­plex geome­tries, you can auto­mat­i­cally gen­erate paths and robot move­ments by importing the CAD model. All common file for­mats are sup­ported. The data from the dig­ital twin is then trans­ferred to the real robot and, for example, if the robot pro­grammer needs to teach key points, he can switch from offline to online pro­gram­ming.

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DIG­ITAL TWIN FOR ROBOT APPLICATIONS

In our Robotics Blog we reveal how ArtiMinds RPS and LAR sim­plify set­ting up a dig­ital twin of your robot appli­ca­tion and enable a struc­tured real time analysis of your processes.

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Offline programming with ArtiMinds RPS - without production downtime

Thanks to the three-dimen­sional sim­u­la­tion envi­ron­ment and the CAD2Path func­tion, cycle times can be esti­mated and reach­a­bility analyses or col­li­sion checks can be easily performed.

During the plan­ning phase, offline pro­gram­ming with ArtiMinds RPS already enables to esti­mate esti­mate cycle times of the appli­ca­tion. On the other side fine-tuning is done after the imple­men­ta­tion of your appli­ca­tion based on real-time data analysis using ArtiMinds LAR.

In each of the phases described above, switching between online – and offline pro­gram­ming is con­ceiv­ably simple. In this way, processes can be pro­grammed and tested without extra effort and according to your working flow.

A first insight into the processes is pro­vided by the step-by-step instruc­tions and the short video sequences below. In addi­tion, we would like to invite you to an online demo. For this pur­pose, please write us a short info via the cor­re­sponding con­tact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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ArtiMinds RPS – Training courses

ArtiMinds Robotics - intensive education and training included

Of course, we do not stop at devel­oping a great product. At ArtiMinds Robotics, all cus­tomers receive a training course at the begin­ning of the project, in which we famil­iarize you in detail with the use of the soft­ware and your spe­cific automa­tion solu­tion. In addi­tion, we pro­vide you with the tools for inde­pen­dent expan­sion or repro­gram­ming of automa­tion processes.

In addi­tion to the training mate­rial, detailed doc­u­men­ta­tion is avail­able to you, which can be gen­er­ated from the ArtiMinds RPS online help at the click of a button. Of course, you can con­tact our sup­port team at any time and they will also put you in touch with one of our experts if necessary.

ArtiMinds Robotics – intensive Schulung und Training inklusive

Offline pro­gram­ming with ArtiMinds RPS – Comparison

ArtiMinds RPS is an award-win­ning robot pro­gram­ming soft­ware devel­oped by ArtiMinds Robotics itself. With this, both spe­cial par­tial solu­tions and, above all, demanding robot automa­tion projects can be real­ized in their entirety.

ArtiMinds also sup­ports indus­trial robots of all well-known robot man­u­fac­turers, including periph­erals whose dri­vers and pro­to­cols are already inte­grated in our soft­ware. The fol­lowing table should give you a rough overview of the fea­tures of offline pro­gram­ming with ArtiMinds RPS.

OFFLINE PROGRAMMING WITHOUT ARTIMINDS RPS/USING OTHER TOOLS WITH ARTIMINDS RPS
Specific tools for each phase Yes, several No, one single software
Interface problems between tools Frequently No, because “only” one single software
Intensive knowledge of processes Process and robotics expert should work closely together; complexity of application makes it difficult to focus on the process Thanks to the intuitive and simplified programming, process expert are able to implement applications without robotics knowledge
Can be integrated into existing processes Very complex and time consuming due to training needs & programming Simple integration; ArtiMinds RPS generates native, reusable script code
Meshing of roles (departments) Difficult, specialized knowledge required & risk of interface problems Yes, significantly improved thanks to uniform operating procedure & data basis
Utilization of resources Time-consuming, resources must be scheduled, schedules must be adhered to Significantly more flexible, i.a. due to merging of roles
Independency No, several tools are necessary when using different hardware Yes, ArtiMinds RPS supports the most common robots & peripherals (hardware independent programming)

OFFLINE PRO­GRAM­MINGWITHOUT ARTIMINDS RPS/ USING OTHER TOOLSWITH ARTIMINDS RPS
Spe­cific tools for each phaseYes, sev­eralNo, one single software
Inter­face prob­lems between toolsFre­quentlyNo, because “only” one single software
Inten­sive knowl­edge of processesProcess and robotics expert should work closely together; com­plexity of appli­ca­tion makes it dif­fi­cult to focus on the processThanks to the intu­itive and sim­pli­fied pro­gram­ming, process expert are able to imple­ment appli­ca­tions without robotics knowledge
Can be inte­grated into existing processesVery com­plex and time con­suming due to training needs & programmingSimple inte­gra­tion; ArtiMinds RPS gen­er­ates native, reusable script code
Meshing of roles (depart­ments)Dif­fi­cult, spe­cial­ized knowl­edge required & risk of inter­face problemsYes, sig­nif­i­cantly improved thanks to uni­form oper­ating pro­ce­dure & data basis
Uti­liza­tion of resources Time-con­suming, resources must be sched­uled, sched­ules must be adhered toSig­nif­i­cantly more flex­ible, i.a. due to merging of roles
Inde­pen­dencyNo, sev­eral tools are nec­es­sary when using dif­ferent hardwareYes, ArtiMinds RPS sup­ports the most common robots & periph­erals (hard­ware inde­pen­dent programming)

Step-by-Step: Offline Programming

ArtiMinds RPS offers advanced fea­tures requiring CAD models to ease costly tasks like opti­mizing the layout of your robot cell.

  • Step 1: Import CAD files

    Import CAD files into the 3D view for reach­a­bility tests and collision-checks.

  • Step 2: Gen­erate robot motions

    Auto­mat­i­cally gen­erate col­li­sion-free motions around obsta­cles. Run batch sim­u­la­tions to choose from alter­na­tive solutions.

  • Step 3: Set 3D points

    Pre­cisely set 3D points on the cor­ners, edges or sur­faces of a CAD file. Use a diverse set of tools to trans­form and manage groups of 3D points.

  • Step 4: Con­vert 3D points into templates

    Con­vert selected 3D points directly into tem­plates, e.g. to grasp at a spe­cific loca­tion. You can easily set up whole pro­grams only based on the CAD file.

  • Step 5: Import and create tool-paths

    Import curves or project it onto a sur­face of a CAD file. RPS will auto­mat­i­cally gen­erate the RPS pro­gram with linear, cir­cular and spline motions defining the tool-path.

  • Step 6: Calibrate

    Align the 3D points from the CAD files with the real world to easily cal­i­brate your robot program.

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