Companies that work on single orders or small batches sometimes find themselves in the position of investing in specific technologies for a single order, which does not justify the acquisition of internal know-how for possible future re-use.
Therefore, a situation in which machines or devices are under-exploited or even completely unused is highly possible.
- Technical analysis of the robot and solution’s design
- Development of the application and the demonstrator
- Lab tests
- Test execution in the operational environment
- Solution’s validation
The project has been tested using a welding robot. The set up of these kinds of robots is usually carried out through a programming interface which requires specific expertise. The project has developed an intuitive programming interface that enables any human operator to “teach” the robot the task it is supposed to carry out. The system memorizes every step of the manual welding process, either in point-to-point or continuous mode. At the end of the first operation, the robot is independently capable of repeating the same welding on an identical piece placed in the same position.
Tests have been carried out using the self-learning method which enables the user to move the robot’s end-effector just as if they were using the welding torch.
Tests have shown that the self-taught tasks can be repeated a number of times, giving optimal results. Furthermore, the system guarantees a high programming flexibility thanks to its fast learning skills.