There is a misconception that even entry level industrial robots are time, resource and cost intensive, and too complex for entry-level applications. But that is simply not true according to Barry Weller, Robotics Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric.
He continues “The latest additions to our software platforms expand the tools available to show this is not the case. Aimed at first-time users, our graphical programming interface makes it simple to configure and install any type of industrial robot. Almost anyone can do it.”
Entry level industrial robots
“Moreover, experienced engineers can also benefit from these tools as they help simplify and reduce their programming time. This is why we have made the new functions available to all customers. Robots are a foundation for factories of the future, and we want to maximise accessibility to help companies improve their operations.”
The latest Mitsubishi Electric’s RT Toolbox3 and iQ Works2 offers a visual editor for programming SCADA and six-axis industrial robots. With ease of use for operators new to robotics in mind, the tools help streamline the set-up of automated applications.
Both entry-level and experienced users can benefit from the new additions to RT Toolbox3 and iQ Works2. The latest update adds an intuitive graphical user interface that features ‘drag-and-drop’ building blocks to the programming environment. This enables the creation of flowchart diagrams to quickly set up and simulate robot workflows without requiring any specialist knowledge.
The pre-coded modules feature a configuration wizard for users to insert the parameters needed for the machine to move, pick, pause and repeat. They can customise the robot actions and benefit from maximum flexibility, making it even easier to deploy their robots.
The tool mirrors the framework used to set up and run the MELFA Assista collaborative robot (cobot). Therefore, any operator that has experience with this system can interact with industrial robots using a familiar environment. Moreover, they have the option to compare the visual flowcharts with the automatically generated scripts. This also supports users in advancing their programming skills and offers a unique educational platform to interact with the two programming forms.