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Engineering Method and Tool for the Complete Virtual Commissioning of Robotic Cells

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Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 42122 Reggio Emilia, Italy
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K-LOOPS S.R.L., 41125 Modena, Italy
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Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 41125 Modena, Italy
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Academic Editors: Alessandro Umbrico and Marco Faroni
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(6), 3164; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12063164
Received: 25 February 2022 / Revised: 8 March 2022 / Accepted: 15 March 2022 / Published: 20 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Industrial Robotics: Design and Applications)
Intelligent robotic manufacturing cells must adapt to ever-varying operating conditions, developing autonomously optimal manufacturing strategies to achieve the best quality and overall productivity. Intelligent and cognitive behaviors are realized by using distributed controllers, in which complex control logics must interact and process a wide variety of input/output signals. In particular, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and robot controllers must be coordinated and integrated. Then, there is the need to simulate the robotic cells’ behavior for performance verification and optimization by evaluating the effects of both PLC and robot control codes. In this context, this work proposes a method, and its implementation into an integrated tool, to exploit the potential of ABB RobotStudio software as a virtual prototyping platform for robotic cells, in which real robots control codes are executed on a virtual controller and integrated with Beckhoff PLC environment. For this purpose, a PLC Smart Component was conceived as an extension of RobotStudio functionalities to exchange signals with a TwinCAT instance. The new module allows the virtual commissioning of a complete robotic cell to be performed, assessing the control logics effects on the overall productivity. The solution is demonstrated on a robotic assembly cell, showing its feasibility and effectiveness in optimizing the final performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: virtual commissioning; robotic cell; RobotStudio; virtual prototyping; TwinCAT virtual commissioning; robotic cell; RobotStudio; virtual prototyping; TwinCAT
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    Description: Virtual commissioning of a robotic cell via software integration between TwinCAT and ABB RobotStudio
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Raffaeli, R.; Bilancia, P.; Neri, F.; Peruzzini, M.; Pellicciari, M. Engineering Method and Tool for the Complete Virtual Commissioning of Robotic Cells. Appl. Sci. 2022, 12, 3164. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12063164

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Raffaeli R, Bilancia P, Neri F, Peruzzini M, Pellicciari M. Engineering Method and Tool for the Complete Virtual Commissioning of Robotic Cells. Applied Sciences. 2022; 12(6):3164. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12063164

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Raffaeli, Roberto, Pietro Bilancia, Federico Neri, Margherita Peruzzini, and Marcello Pellicciari. 2022. "Engineering Method and Tool for the Complete Virtual Commissioning of Robotic Cells" Applied Sciences 12, no. 6: 3164. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12063164

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