LabVIEW for Industrial Robotics

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Ignazio Piacentini

"By adopting the LabVIEW platform, we successfully programmed, prototyped, and tested new robotics applications very quickly."

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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.

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Because of the National Instruments collaboration with DENSO Robotics, you can now integrate all aspects of machine control and automation within a single NI LabVIEW application, from part handling and robot control to advanced measurements and HMIs.

Learn how to use NI tools to build flexible robotic cells for manufacturing, automated test, and laboratory research. The following technical tutorials explain key strategies for architecting your test system.

Industrial Arms Robotics Resource Kit
Download tutorials, guides, and other resources to help you with your industrial arms robotics system.

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ImagingLab LabVIEW Toolkit for DENSO Robots

LabVIEW Toolkit for Controlling DENSO Robotics

  • Build complete industrial robotic systems from LabVIEW
  • Directly control movements and motion of DENSO robots
  • Integrate measurements and vision into robotic systems

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NI solutions partners are companies involved in the delivery of NI products as solutions or companies that provide complementary software and hardware products.

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Why Engineers Use LabVIEW to Control Industrial Robots

  • One software environment for robot control, vision, measurements, and HMIs
  • No need to learn complex robotic programming software
  • Direct control of DENSO robot movement and motion

Control Design Guide for Smart Machines

Learn about essential technologies for the design of smart machines, from common architectures for distributed machine control systems to motion vision integration to advanced control strategies.

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