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PC software suite for robotics application development and maintenance

16 August 2013

Stäubli has released Stäubli Robotics Suite version 2013, an integrated development, simulation and maintenance environment running on a Windows platform, which facilitates the development of robotic applications.

Collision detection

It is a suitable companion to the various methods of programming a Stäubli robot, VAL 3 - the interpreted programming language for integrators and OEMs, VALproduct solutions - ready to use industry applications adapted for end users and uniVAL drive - a 'ready-to-plug' application to drive Stäubli robots with generic industrial motion controllers, adapted for machine builders.

The Stäubli Robotics Suite features a new single window presentation with ribbons similar to those seen in recent Windows updates, with all functions readily accessible. Stäubli Robotics Suite version 2013 includes two integrated modules, Development Studio and Maintenance Studio.

Development Studio is a software workbench for robotics application development and 3D simulation. Built-in functions include file transfer between the development PC and the robot controller, automatic or manual backups, visualisation of robot arms in a 3D environment as well as execution or modification of VAL 3 programs.

In addition, it features a powerful VAL 3 program editor, bringing high-end functionalities such as 3D visualisation into programming tools, online debugging, auto-completion and intelli-sense functions. CAD data can be imported in various formats (STEP, IGES, STL, VRML). Models can also be built using standard primitives (cubes, spheres, etc…).

The program editor is directly linked to the 3D environment for geometric data creation and editing. Full multi-robot simulation is possible, providing realistic cycle times through the individual clocking of each robot controller in the cell in a real-time fashion.

High performance collision detection is also included in the package with highlighting of the colliding objects and minimum distance verification.  These new features are designed to save precious time during application development.

Maintenance Studio is designed for maintenance personnel and provides advanced functionalities to perform diagnostic operations. It features full remote access to the controller with 3D visualisation of the robot system.

The robot can be controlled from a remote PC with live visual feedback of any operation performed on the teach pendant by the operator. A 3D environment is available in visualisation mode, with the ability to load a 3D robot cell previously created in Development Studio.

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