03. Mai 2021, 18:32 Uhr | Meinrad Happacher
Rockwell Automation and Comau want to offer uniform robot control solutions in the future. This should make it easier to develop and deploy robot applications.
Commenting on the motive for the collaboration, Rockwell Automation Chairman and CEO Blake Moret says, "Industrial companies are looking for ways to integrate robotics into their operations for process optimization and agility." To achieve this goal, the two companies want to simplify the programming and lifecycle management of robotics.
In the future, engineers will be able to program their entire machine in just one environment, with Comau robotic arms controlled directly by Rockwell Automation's Logix-based controllers. Rockwell Automation's Studio 5000 automation systems development software is designed to eliminate the time-consuming and often difficult task of trying to coordinate traditional separate machine control and robotics systems to work together using different software tools.
Utilizing digital engineering tools such as Rockwell's Emulate 3D Digital Twin software - which creates digital models of production lines, automatically generates machine control codes and has built-in deployment capabilities for Comau robots - provides development and deployment capabilities for machine builders, system integrators and others.
The combined Rockwell and Comau solutions also offer benefits beyond better integration. For example, end users can use analytics and Digital Twin tools to gain deeper insight into machine performance and potential production optimization. They can also use protection and security solutions to mitigate business risks.
Users deploying Rockwell's FactoryTalk software package in the manufacturing environment benefit from seeing both plant and robotic control systems on a single operator interface. Plant and field engineers need only become familiar with one architecture to monitor both systems. They can also use Rockwell's augmented reality (AR) tools to improve service life and maintenance cycle.