New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Existing industrial robot training software is often too expensive for schools to provide for students or for students to acquire on their own. For example, high schools and community colleges may want to provide students with a basic level of experience with programming industrial robots. If the software is accessible and free, such training software could provide a platform for anyone to learn more about industrial robotics. In this paper, we describe the development of ``RobotRun'', a software package that simulates an industrial robot and teach pendant controller. The software allows students to practice basic programming tasks which control the movement and function of the robot. When completed, this open-source program will be suitable for use in high-school outreach activities and in any degree program which focuses on industrial robotics such as two- or four-year Electrical Engineering Technology programs. RobotRun was written in the Java programming language by two students over the course of a summer. It provides a 3D view of a robotic arm, allows the use of different end effectors, and will eventually be used to simulate different factory environments and processes. In addition, the system allows students to learn about controlling the end effector in different coordinate frames and programming paths that the robotic arm should follow. The teach pendant controller resembles real teach pendants and therefore provides students with a learning experience that can be transferred to real-world industrial robotics applications. This project is a part of a larger collaboration between Michigan Technological University and Bay de Noc Community College which aims to develop curricula and training materials to supplement the RobotRun software.
Kuhl, S. A., & Sergeyev, A., & Walker, J., & Barkur Lakshmikanth, S., & Highum, M., & Alaraje, N., & zhang, R., & Kinney, M. B. (2016, June), Enabling Affordable Industrial Robotics Education through Simulation Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26949
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