Injection Molding Software Lets Users Develop Robot Programs

The SPI Pendant graphical interface, developed for Yaskawa Motoman robots used in plastic injection molding, provides the ability to quickly create and modify programs without knowledge of the company’s proprietary Inform robot programming language.

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The SPI Pendant graphical interface, developed for Yaskawa Motoman robots used in plastic injection molding, provides the ability to quickly create and modify programs without knowledge of the company’s proprietary Inform robot programming language. A “Setup Wizard” leads users through a series of configuration options for robots, conveyors, de-gating stations and more.

According to the company, operators can interact and control the robot by using an event-driven paradigm and familiar language. Programs are created by defining a sequence of easy-to-understand job actions. For actions requiring robot motion, the robot is jogged into position and the location is recorded. Once a list of program actions is complete, the software interface generates a robot program in the native Inform language. The robot program can be started and controlled from the SPI Pendant Interface without navigating to other pendant screens. Its I/O interface uses standard EuroMap 67 or EuroMap 12 format (an optional hardware interface is available). Customization also is available.

The interface supports multiple robots, external axes, grippers, conveyor/drop locations and de-gating stations. Features include a production data screen, built-in mold warm-up option, part-stacking option and three levels of security.