Robot Programming for Non-Experts
A development team from the Fraunhofer IFF and ATA Anlagentechnik Aschersleben is developing and testing intuitive methods for robot programming and robot path planning for machining processes with industrial robots in the INTAS project. The project team is also working on new control concepts for online process monitoring for automated multilayer welding.
For this purpose, the Fraunhofer IFF's robotics experts have developed an input tool that uses an integrated laser to position the tool. This enables operators to easily define the start and end points of the welding torch without contact. In the background, a simulation determines the welding path coordinates from the recorded data and monitors them for collision points.
The project’s goal is to create an industrial robot for non-experts that is easy to handle and program even without extensive programming knowledge, and that can flexibly process large components with variable geometries.
Use Case: Intuitive Programming of a Welding Robot
In a use case, the new operating concept is integrated into a welding robot at the ATA Anlagentechnik Aschersleben. The welding robot automates previously manual welding work on heavy and very heavy components for large-scale plant construction and relieves the welders of monotonous and ergonomically stressful tasks.
Expected project results in INTAS
- User-friendly industrial robot for flexible processing of large components with variable geometries
- Input device for intuitive robot programming without extensive programming knowledge
- Process monitoring algorithms and routines