The software controls both the measuring device and the robot directly. “CMMs,” according to the company, “are simply too slow and cannot keep up with the production rates. Other measuring devices such as arms, portable devices or laser trackers require a large amount of manual intervention with concerns over repeatability.” The new software connects not only to the measuring device but also to the robot controller and drive it like a CMM, providing a centralized brain to control the robotic inspection cell. The systems take advantage of the intrinsic measuring device accuracy and not from the robot’s, which becomes a simple manipulator. Because the robot path is linked to the features to inspect, any new part or part design change can easily be (re)programmed. This approach eliminates the need for complex automation architectures and allows a CMM operator to rapidly learn how to take ownership and independently control a robotic inspection cell. Also new is a complementary product, Silma X4 I-Robot version V6, which allows complete robotic cell simulation.
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