National Instruments has announced it will integrate its measurement and vision technology with Denso robotic arms.
The collaboration will increase productivity and performance in automated test, research and flexible manufacturing applications.
In today's trend towards high-mix, low-volume manufacturing, there is pressure to reduce cost and shorten development time.
A new Labview library of graphical functions makes it possible for engineers and scientists to address both concerns by integrating all aspects of a robotics system within a single NI Labview application without the need for complex robotics programming expertise.
The new Imaginglab Robotics Library for Denso, from NI partner Imaginglab, communicates directly with Denso controllers to command and control Denso robotic arms through Labview software.
The new library is an easy-to-use collection of graphical functions with the ability to use a single software environment to control and integrate every aspect of a machine, ranging from part handling and robot control to advanced measurements and machine vision.
Due to the ease of use of Labview, engineers that normally would not use industrial robotics can now integrate them into their applications to automate laboratories, precisely assemble components and test complex parts.
Dylan Jones, principal scientist at Genzyme, said: 'We used Labview to integrate a Denso VS-6577 robot with spectral analysers into a fully automated analytical test station without the need to learn another robotics programming language.
'The Imaginglab Robotics Library for Denso was an off-the-shelf solution for integrating the robotic arm.
'Conservatively, we estimate that with this test station we will achieve a 10-fold increase in analytical throughput,' he added.
The Imaginglab Robotics Library for Denso works with Labview Real-Time systems, combining Labview graphical programming with the power of a real-time operating system, allowing engineers and scientists to build real-time applications.
The library also works with NI Smart Cameras for integrated vision-guided robotics and NI data-acquisition hardware for the measurement of both simple and highly sophisticated applications.