Since the beginning of DGH activity more than 30 years ago, our company has been carrying out turnkey projects focused on robotics, mainly for OEMs from automotive sector always involved within all industrial trends that took place meanwhile.
In 2014, an exciting time for DGH started out from robotic topic point of view. The release of edge cutting technologies like collaborative robots and different reliable industrial artificial vision products, make us think outside the box regarding how we can do with this flexible and robust tool which are robots, no matter the brand they are from.
However, although their exploitability and potential use cases were massive, there were two main concerns that end users pointed us out very often, especially small and medium enterprises. Firstly, sometimes hardware of robots can’t accomplish with customers’ requirements for processing complicated trajectories or huge number of parts, and secondly, customers don’t have robotic expertise in their teams to manage the installation properly, with best possible performance and therefore maximum ROI.
Interesting use cases for TRAJECTORY MANAGER are additive manufacturing, 3D printing or machining industrial sectors, in which robotics face a common challenge of limitation of quantity of points to upload to the robot.
Our TRAJECTORY MANAGER aims to give a solution to such challenges. Basically, it is a controller with a tailor-made software to let the user control and parameterization of the robot, through the uploading of a standardized program directly from the controller to the robot (TM Plugging), independently of its brand and the process to be deployed. The communication between controller and the robot is based on UDP communication protocol. Programs and paths, previously generated either from a simulator or from a G-Code, are uploaded and saved in the controller. By this way, it is able to send, in real time, all the instructions to the robot. Finally, the HMI is simple and friendly, so it is not mandatory a Robotic Expert Technician any time to change the process, but a user with minimum knowledge of TRAJECTORY MANAGER.
Among all functionalities that TRAJECTORY MANAGER includes, it is possible to find real time monitoring of any relevant signal, as setpoint speed and real speed, temperature… (and many more that are specific to a process).