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Siemens has entered into a cooperative agreement with Comau, an Italian robot manufacturer, to offer their jointly engineered product the Sinumerik Run MyRobot / DirectControl. With this product, robot kinematics can be fully integrated into a CNC system, optimizing control of all robotic machining and handling tasks.
Sinumerik Run MyRobot / DirectControl allows a CNC system to control robotic arms and perform the safety functions that the robot controller typically performs. The Sinumerik CNC controls the articulated robot arm directly with a basis of complex algorithms, meaning users don’t need a separate robot controller. Robots can also be programmed entirely on the Sinumerik CNC operator panel.
Integrating control of a robot arm into the CNC helps improve path and positioning accuracy and reliability, according to Siemens and Comau. The CNC can also give a robot enhanced dynamic response during robot-aided machining tasks, which makes the robot able to undertake more challenging machining assignments.
Sinumerik Run MyRobot / DirectControl can perform all of the same functions as Siemens’ previous Run MyRobot variants and allows for more dynamic applications of a robotic arm with more accuracy control and an improved capacity for robot operations of run simultaneously with machining time.
Comau is based in Turin, Italy and was founded in 1973. It recently launched a new robotics learning center with Ferrari. The e.DO Learning Center will use Comau’s robots to help students explore STEM subjects, coding and robotics. The facility is equipped with five of Comau’s e.DO 6-axis robots, complete with all necessary materials and accessories.
In September, Siemens announced that it was collaborating with RapidPlan to integrate RapidPlan’s software with Siemens Process Simulate. The partnership will allow Siemens customers to use Realtime’s robot motion planning and control software, RapidPlan, without leaving Siemens Process Simulate. The integration enables users to visualize, prioritize and simulate robot task plans. Users can then validate those task plans through virtual commissioning.