"By adopting the LabVIEW platform, we successfully programmed, prototyped, and tested new robotics applications very quickly."
- Ignazio Piacentini - ImagingLab
Industrial robots are expanding into new types of inspection and pick-and-place applications that require flexible, precise, and delicate part handling. The adoption of robotic arms for automated test applications, for laboratory automation tasks in the medical or life sciences industry, as a core component of adaptive machines, or as a manipulator on top of autonomous vehicles increases the demand for smarter and higher performance robot control systems that allow robots to
- Adapt to changing conditions and quickly adjust the motion profiles
- Locate, handle, and pick and place components at random positions
- Interact with the environment, handle delicate parts, or safely operate next to humans
These applications need smarter robots that can interact with their environments through measurements and vision. The NI LabVIEW graphical system design platform is enabling new applications for industrial robots by integrating measurements, vision, robot control, and human machine interfaces (HMIs) into one, easy-to-use environment. By combining the capabilities of LabVIEW with add-ons provided by partners such as ImagingLab, you can quickly interface to the robot controller of leading industrial arm manufacturers such as DENSO, KUKA, Epson, and Mitsubishi. With these tools, you can implement manufacturer-independent robotic applications that incorporate robotic motion profiles, machine vision, I/O, and HMI tasks in one development environment.
If your application requires a more customizable solution, the rugged and low-cost NI CompactRIO programmable automation controller integrates with LabVIEW and can serve as the controller for any industrial fixed-based arm. The LabVIEW Robotics Module includes kinematics libraries that you can use as a starting point for designing your own robot controller.
Additional Case Studies
- Learn How AV&R Is Inspecting Turbine Blades With LabVIEW and Industrial Robots
- Watch LabVIEW Control a 7-Station Flexible Manufacturing Cell
- See How Wise Technologies Ltd. Developed a Machine Vision System for Adaptive Robotic Welding
- Using LabVIEW to Engineer a Robotic Sorter and Noncontact Thickness Measurement System for Photovoltaic Wafers