Alongside simple pick-and-place tasks, an increasing number of robot applications are requiring the fundamental properties of a CNC control system, such as constant speed, tool management or typical CNC programming. One example is path-controlled handling as a supplement within the machine tool, for instance, for gluing, deburring or polishing component contours. Another - even more sophisticated - example is machine tools with robot kinematics, for example, when milling molded parts made of soft or medium-strength materials.
SINUMERIK Integrate Run MyRobot / Machining meets the needs of these robots. In this case, the SINUMERIK CNC and the robot control system communicate through a realtime position interface. The kinematic transformation for the robot mechanics is computed in the CNC. This means that the entire available SINUMERIK CNC command set can be used to move the robot - from level selection (G17), to path commands (G0, G1, G2 …), to machining cycles. The sophisticated SINUMERIK control algorithms, such as dynamic startup, jerk control, look ahead and dynamic block compression, are also available for machining freeform surfaces. If needed, users can add to these options with another NX CAD/CAM process chain from Siemens PLM that is specialized in robot applications. The highlight here is the simulation of workflows based on real robot kinematics, and a postprocessor that is perfectly tailored to SINUMERIK. Run MyRobot / Machining can also be used in connection with KUKA industrial robots.