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Keywords: Robotics, Patents, Control
Applicant: Kuka Roboter GmbH, GermanyPatent number: US6,556,891Publication date: 29 April 2003Title: Apparatus system and control box for same
An individual robot often also has an additional apparatuses, such as welding tongs, screwdrivers, bonding devices, sensors or the like, whose control units or associated electronics are accommodated in separate housings that are independent of the control cabinet of the robot. Therefore, this invention provides for an apparatus system in which the control cabinet for controlling the robot contains at least one additional, independent electronic system that is different from the control unit for the robot.
A preferred application of the present invention is to provide a central control cabinet for a system of robots, especially if the individual robots cooperate closely. Such a control cabinet may contain additional electronic components, including servers, back-up units, PLC, interface units, redundant equivalent control units, and technology control units.