Tips & Tricks


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Although all manufacturers offer a good package for teach pendant HMI functionality, it may prove a better investment to add an HMI to your robot cell (offering  information, program selection and troubleshooting via a HMI).

This approach also reduces the possibility of  teach pendant damage or it being rendered nonfunctional due to wear, dropping or exposure to environmental hazards such as UV from welding processes.

An important part of the initial design phase of a robotic cell is to plan your I/O requirements.

With such a diverse amount of offerings and communication protocols,  it is important to know what is required to send and receive vital information to peripheral equipment.

Also it is far more economical to have the communication devices installed and configured at the robot ordering phase opposed to doing it on the shop floor.

Instead of using specific taught points for each different robot tool, you can use position registers that can be accessed from any program.  This helps simplify the programming and will allow the point to be modified globally should modification be required.

The Position Register can also be OFFSET as required to further increase its usability.