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Need for and the development of a generic programming interface for industrial robots
Author(s): Amlan Maitra; Bopaya Bidanda; Jacob Rubinovitz
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Paper Abstract

The major problems in the successful implementation of industrial robots are related to the difficulties in programming, resulting in long set-up times, and the lack of integration with other factory automation equipment. Several experts have suggested the need for a standardized robot programming language, that will enable robots of different makes to seamlessly converse and reduce high training costs. Researchers worldwide have tried to develop a standardized robot programming language, but have been only partially successful because the level of variability in the robot programming environment is very high. This paper discusses the need for a high-level, generic icon-based interface to address the issue of standardization. The interface would allow the user to specify the task using a user-friendly interface, which would then be stored as a neutral format. The neutral format file would then be able to call drivers pertaining to different automation equipment within the cell, which in turn, would be able to generate the program for a specific controller to execute the user-defined tasks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 December 1996
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2911, Advanced Sensor and Control-System Interface, (19 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.262502
Show Author Affiliations
Amlan Maitra, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
Bopaya Bidanda, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
Jacob Rubinovitz, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2911:
Advanced Sensor and Control-System Interface
Bartholomew O. Nnaji, Editor(s)

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