User-friendly task level programming based on an online walk-through teaching approach

Alberto Brunete (Centre for Automation and Robotics, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)
Carlos Mateo (Centre for Automation and Robotics, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)
Ernesto Gambao (Centre for Automation and Robotics, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)
Miguel Hernando (Centre for Automation and Robotics, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, MAdrid, Spain)
Jukka Koskinen (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Oulu, Finland)
Jari M Ahola (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Oulu, Finland)
Tuomas Seppälä (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Oulu, Finland)
Tapio Heikkila (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Oulu, Finland)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Publication date: 21 March 2016

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to propose a new technique for programming robotized machining tasks based on intuitive human–machine interaction. This will enable operators to create robot programs for small-batch production in a fast and easy way, reducing the required time to accomplish the programming tasks.

Design/methodology/approach

This technique makes use of online walk-through path guidance using an external force/torque sensor, and simple and intuitive visual programming, by a demonstration method and symbolic task-level programming.

Findings

Thanks to this technique, the operator can easily program robots without learning every robot-specific language and can design new tasks for industrial robots based on manual guidance.

Originality/value

The main contribution of the paper is a new procedure to program machining tasks based on manual guidance (walk-through teaching method) and user-friendly visual programming. Up to now, the acquisition of paths and the task programming were done in separate steps and in separate machines. The authors propose a procedure for using a tablet as the only user interface to acquire paths and to make a program to use this path for machining tasks.

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Acknowledgements

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no 314739 (Hephestos).

Citation

Brunete, A., Mateo, C., Gambao, E., Hernando, M., Koskinen, J., Ahola, J.M., Seppälä, T. and Heikkila, T. (2016), "User-friendly task level programming based on an online walk-through teaching approach", Industrial Robot, Vol. 43 No. 2, pp. 153-163. https://doi.org/10.1108/IR-05-2015-0103

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